Planning for Multiple POVs


Reblogged from Story Empire Blog. Thanks, Staci!

Story Empire

Ciao, amici. We’ve been discussing story bibles. So far, in addition to the overview, we’ve covered the series premise, character sheets, and setting descriptions. Today, I’ll be discussing outlines, specifically outlining for multiple POVs.

If you only have one POV character, the information still (mostly) applies. You can just eliminate the additional columns.

This is the method I use to prepare for writing multiple POVs.

Multiple POV

My latest project is a five-book sci-fi series with multiple points of view. In the past, I’ve technically written multiple POV works. I usually use the hero and the heroine, and in one series I added a third POV when I occasionally put in passages from the villain’s perspective.

This time, though, I’m writing a multiple POV in the true sense of the word. Not two or three characters, but a whole handful of them.

I’m an outliner. I can’t…

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6 Types of Writers and How to Edit Them – by Gordon Long… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog


Wise advice from a guest here at GeezWriter. Thanks, Gordon Long!


on Indies Unlimited: Writers, did you ever wonder what those editors were saying about you as they sat around the gruel pot fighting over the crusty bits? Well, I was kicking back at the off-leash doggy park the other day, and I noticed a distinctly familiar topic of conversation: relationship problems and how to deal […]

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5 Video Marketing Tips to Help Sell Your Book


Thanks to Qurat-ul-Ain Ghazali and Nicholas C. Rossis!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Qurat-ul-Ain Ghazali | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookThis is a guest post by Qurat-ul-Ain Ghazali, a system engineer with a passion for writing, designing and anything tech related. Currently, she is the digital content manager at Dynamologic Solutions, a leading website design company.

5 Video Marketing Tips to Help Sell Your Book

Video Marketing Tips | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookVideo and written content have been pitted against each other. While the written content has its own merits and a shining record of helping companies, videos are not far behind in this race. In fact, 54% of consumers demand to see more video content from the brands or companies they support.

Since there are many individuals who are keenly interested in video content, this creates an opportunity for authors and book promoters to create, publish, and share video content. Of course, for your video marketing attempts to be successful, you need to create something that not only puts your books in the limelight but also…

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How Amazon Destroyed Publishing. Or Did It?


A poignant look at publishing past and present, thanks to Nicholas C. Rossis, built on work of Kristen Lamb!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Typewriter | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Then, Amazon came along and turned everything upside down. Including typewriters!

In my previous post, How Amazon Destroyed Barnes & Noble, I explained how Amazon (alone) could not be held responsible for the bookstore’s troubles.

This post addresses another common complaint, that Amazon has destroyed publishing.

Again, things are not as black and white as that. Yes, Amazon is a shark. But it was the publishing industry which made blunder after blunder, allowing Amazon to take advantage of their mistakes.

Let’s take things from the start.

A Brief History of 20th Century Publishing

As Kristen Lamb points out in her must-read post, Goliath has Fallen & What This Means for Writers, publishing worked in a pretty standard way for over a century. Writers would take their books to publishers. If their pitch was successful, the publishers would then sign them on, publish the books, and distribute…

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Announcing Publication of “THE CHOICE, the unexpected heroes” Blog Tour! @gmplano #RRBC #RWISA @4WillsPub


Welcome, guest blogger Gwen M. Plano!

Stephen Geez Blog

Jim Anderson is one of the principal characters in THE CHOICE.

He is a former air force pilot and is disabled. He works in the Public Relations office on base. In this scene, Jim is talking with Donna Tucker, a civilian who has come to the base to learn more about the death of her friend, Sarah O’Brien. Donna breaks the silence as they walk together.

“You remember when we first met, what you said to me? About losing your leg while others seem to have lost much more. I don’t think I understood.”

“I’ve simply lost a leg. Yeah, it’s a burden and constant reminder of a reality most don’t know. But many people lose their life over and over again. They give up, let fear control them, or run from challenges. They lose the one life they are given, not once but many times over. If the…

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7 Tips to Crafting Emotionally-Meaty Monsters


Excellent how-to writing of horror advice from Charles E. Yallowitz, reblogged at .GeezWriter by StephenGeez

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! I have a treat for you today. This week, I’m giving you not one, but two new-to-this-blog authors. On Tuesday, we spent some time in a soft and sweet genre. Now it’s time to bare our fangs and get down and dirty.

I’ve got Charles E. Yallowitz here today, and he’s excited (as am I) for the release of his latest novel, War of Nytefall: Rivalry. To whet your whistle a bit, he’s going to share his eight tips for writing multi-faceted monsters. No, that’s not a typo. I know the title said seven tips, but he generously gave us a bonus. Here’s a double bonus—not a sparkly vampire in sight.

Please help me give Charles a warm welcome.

A big thanks to Staci for inviting me to be a guest and helping to promote my newest book, War of Nytefall: Rivalry. This is the third…

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Writers, are you using Twitter hashtags for engagement?


Great tips for using social media! Thanks, Mae! Reblogged at and

Story Empire

Retro effect and toned image of a woman hand writing a note with a fountain pen on a notebook. Handwritten text THE POWER OF HASHTAG

When it comes to social media, we all have platforms we like and others we tolerate—the latter because we feel a need to be there. Several months ago I abandoned Facebook,  a platform I only tolerated. Since then, I’ve been trying to be more selective where I spend my time, and also, to use that time more wisely.

I’ve always loved Twitter. One check-in and I immediately know what’s newsworthy and what’s trending. Lately, I’ve been using the platform to connect more openly with other writers—thanks mainly to Judi Lynn, who nudged me to participate in #1LineWed.

If you’re not already familiar with #1LineWed, it’s loads of fun and great for connecting with other authors. How does it work?

Each Wednesday, Kiss of Death (@RWAKissofDeath) a twitter feed devoted to romantic mysteries and thrillers, posts a theme/topic. Your work doesn’t have to be romantic in nature to participate. Just…

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