Why I Stopped Reviewing Books

Reviews. They’re as good as gold for authors, publishers, agents and potential readers. While some look for a good story or lovable characters, others thoroughly enjoy dissecting and catching every mistake. How do you find the right balance between glowing praise and hateful cynicism? That’s just one of the many reasons I decided to stopContinue reading “Why I Stopped Reviewing Books”

How Removing One Villain Solved Everything

I’m one of those people who learn lessons the hard way. It’s a stubborn streak I inherited from three of my grandparents. As much as I love them – thanks guys. Some cycles are harder to break than others. This can be applied to characters you create for stories as well. You fall in loveContinue reading “How Removing One Villain Solved Everything”

How To Maintain a Writer’s Website

After building up anotherhartmanauthor.com since 2016, there’s a few things I’d like to share about what’s worked for my site’s style, or even “brand.” That’s exactly what your website is – a visual representation of who you are as a writer. The only prior experience I had with such things is my church’s website. ForContinue reading “How To Maintain a Writer’s Website”

Seven Single-Use Things I No Longer Buy

Some time ago, I blogged about things I’d decluttered from my home and my life. It’s been some time since that original post, so I thought I’d discuss seven single-use things I no longer buy. No, my blog isn’t turning into a low-waste one, but things are changing in my habits and lifestyle that IContinue reading “Seven Single-Use Things I No Longer Buy”

Books, Blogging, and Believing

About a month ago I changed up the banner on this website, switching it up from simply saying “Another Hartman Author” or my name, Leigh A. Hartman. I know websites, particularly authoring websites, are “supposed” to have the writer’s name highlighted. However, I’ve always felt, for myself anyway, that having my full name be atContinue reading “Books, Blogging, and Believing”

Punctuation I Never Knew Had Names

Semicolon. Colon. Dash. Period. Question mark. Those are the common ones, right? They’re the ones tech companies put on our QWERTY keyboards because everyone uses them. But did you know that everything has a name? Like ꞏ, *, and § ? I wasn’t sure how to section off that last bit with all the punctuation!Continue reading “Punctuation I Never Knew Had Names”

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Graphics in Seven Easy Steps

I’d like to preface this post by stating that I didn’t go to school for graphic design, but it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing for years. In college I wrote fan fiction for the television show, Supernatural, and I made banners and images to go along with them. Sadly, none of my early graphics survived myContinue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Graphics in Seven Easy Steps”

Writing and Life Updates

Happy Monday, all! Here we are with the start of Summer and change is most certainly in the air. The world feels like such a heavy place, doesn’t it? That’s why I try to keep things like politics, drama and the like, off my blog and my social media. What does this change mean forContinue reading “Writing and Life Updates”

From Fan Fiction to Novels

There seems to be this stigma that comes with writing fan fiction. A stigma of, “Those people are dorks who spend way too much time involved in a fandom for something that isn’t real.” That’s only partially true. And the same can be said for novel writers. The other truth is that those who writeContinue reading “From Fan Fiction to Novels”

Following Twitter Trends

Trends. They can be tricky to wade through if you’re just starting out on the platform or if you’ve never really paid attention to them before. I’ll admit that when I first started getting back into Twitter I was thoroughly confused by them. I used to think that I had to use every single “popular”Continue reading “Following Twitter Trends”