Psycho-Tropics Soundtrack — Using Song References in Fiction

The power of music to evoke deep connections makes song references a good tool for fiction-writers to capture times, places, characters and moods.  Not surprisingly (especially to writers, I suspect), scientific research shows “listening to music engages broad neural...

How good is your novel? Here’s a test.

Wondering about the potential of your book or manuscript to become a bestseller? Wish there were a test to empirically measure it? As a fun exercise, I came up with one. I started with my own list of good fiction qualities then supplemented it with ideas found in...

Time to Abolish Semicolons?

By Dorian Box It happened suddenly, too many years of deleting semicolons that editors substituted for periods. I was nearing the end of page edits for a recent article, converting the hundredth new semicolon back to a period, when it hit me: “Enough already...

Finding Your Perfect Writing Atmosphere

By Dorian Box A friend asked where and how I like to write. “Let me guess,” she said. “With all the insanity in Psycho-Tropics, an asylum!” “Nope. Tried while I was there, but it was too noisy.” Just kidding. A wealth of articles and blog posts discuss how to create...

Legal Issues Facing Self-Published Fiction Writers

One advantage traditional publishers continue to have over self-publishers is access to legal counsel.  Self-published writers, here we’ll stick with fiction writers, need to be aware of and alert to potential legal issues their words can create.  That’s right.  This...
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