September Bookviews // Queens, Brides and New Releases, Please!

2020 is The Lost Year. July didn’t even register in my mind until it was August, so I missed that Bookviews post. I bet any money (below five bucks) that we’re going to see an uptick in doomsday books come out within the next couple of years. Regardless, let’s take a look at my BookviewsContinue reading “September Bookviews // Queens, Brides and New Releases, Please!”

August Bookviews // Islands, Recipes and Devil Fires Indeed

Well, it looks like I completely forgot to do Bookviews for July. July didn’t even register in my mind until it was August. The number of books I read also dropped dramatically, but more writing’s happened and that’s taken priority. I’d still like to share my Bookviews for August 2020! (Here’s the Bookview post forContinue reading “August Bookviews // Islands, Recipes and Devil Fires Indeed”

18 Links: Revisited // The Ones I Actually Use

Two years have passed since I first put up a post titled 18 Links Any Writer Can Use. Since then, I’ve streamlined my writing process, the links I actually use on a daily or weekly basis, and decided it was time to update that old list. To quote the original post: With so many voicesContinue reading “18 Links: Revisited // The Ones I Actually Use”

June Bookviews // Lost Letters, Story Structure and Magical Lands, Oh My!

Happy Friday my fellow book lovers! I have but one question for you. Did you click on this post thinking you’re going to get information about how to speed read? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! Apparently YouTube thought that’s what I wanted as well when looking up videos on speed reviews this weekend. SpeedContinue reading “June Bookviews // Lost Letters, Story Structure and Magical Lands, Oh My!”

Introducing: Bookviews

Happy Friday fellow book lovers! Fridays, once reserved for the Music That Drives My Writing posts, will now be all about books. Books, books, books! One of my favorite YouTube channels does this style but with makeup, so here’s Mrs Jessica Braun‘s link, as she’s the inspiration for this new series. Here’s the format. I’llContinue reading “Introducing: Bookviews”

Three Blog Ideas That Worked

Last week I shared a companion post to this one, Three Blog Ideas that Failed. In it I stressed that blogging is subjective. What’s worked for one site may not have the same reception on another. Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers. Brian Clark,Continue reading “Three Blog Ideas That Worked”

Three Blog Ideas That Failed

Blogging. It’s such an obscure topic. What works for one may not work for all. Bloggers who’ve been around five or more years have established followers and loyal readers, so they know what their audience looks for. Each website creator has their own niche of interests, and their content reflects that. Niche /niCH,nēSH/ – adj.Continue reading “Three Blog Ideas That Failed”

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”