Author: Daeus

I, Windkeeper

I, apprentice of storytelling Seeking to hold the wind in a cage Broken by trials unending The world will not fit on my page I, windkeeper, am searching for answers How can I spread wide the truth? Wisdom directs me to singers and dancers And old men regretting their youth For life is a joy and a pain and a yearning And a man who learns best is constantly turning With a spin from his Maker man goes round, round, round And he rises the highest who falls to the ground So this is the rule by which I...

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Five Reasons You Aren’t Writing Your Dream Novel

Grab a paper and pencil, because this isn’t an article you can just read and ignore. Instead, you’ll be forced to examine yourself and identify what’s hindering you from writing the book you dream about. Because, let’s face it, most of us haven’t achieved our aspirations. We’re in despair because our writing style hasn’t sharpened quickly enough or because we’re unable to finish a draft. We’re in trouble. We need a breakthrough—which can be accomplished by training ourselves to detect and destroy obstacles that might be holding us back. But first we must address the core issue. What’s Your...

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The Sheer Awfulness of Christianity

As much as I appreciate saying “you” instead of “thou,” I can’t help feeling that modern English has lost some of the richness our language once possessed. The word awful is a prime example. Today we use it to mean “bad” or “disgusting,” but its original definition was more along the lines of: “inspiring such awe and admiration as to border on terror.” I don’t think we have a word for that emotion anymore, or even any concept of what it looks like. In my opinion, an understanding of the sheer awfulness of Christianity is the primary ingredient missing...

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Reader Psychology Revealed: How Authors Can Connect Better with Bookworms

Do you struggle to find new readers and connect well with the ones you already have? What if you knew how readers think, what makes them act, and what they want from you? All these insights are revealed in the results of The Reader Behavior Survey. Last month, I polled 229 readers to try to learn what leads them to buy books and how they like to connect with authors. With this data, I’ve been able to unearth the principles authors need to implement to connect effectively with readers. Plunge into the slides below to discover the psychology of...

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Why Characters Who Love Each Other Won’t Ruin Your Novel

It’s possible you were taken aback at the title of this article. Maybe you once read a novel about happy people doing happy things in a happy world that caused you to cry in agony and run as fast as you could in search of a caged fight. Love means nothing ever happens, right? If people get along perfectly, where’s the conflict? And who wants to read a book about people who adore each other? As if romance isn’t a popular genre. But I’m not talking about romance. I’m talking about love in general. Your characters should love each...

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