How long should a book series last?


By Alberto Pupo

What is the sweet spot for the length of a series? Should one keep writing and churning adventures with no end? Or should one try to keep the tale concise and direct? The series is a very popular vehicle in fiction. It is a way to tell a long story (and yes, sell more books ahem). But I love it because it allows creating a world and helps me develop characters to the point that they become family. When is it time to stop the tale? When should your character go off into the sunset? Continue reading “How long should a book series last?”


How Emotions Impact Writing


By Alberto Pupo

When writing one needs to be in the perfect frame of mind. Personal mood can dictate the content created at times. Feeling particularly angry, then prepare to have stories which display characters going through turbulent angry times. Feeling in love? Then prepare for sappy, syrupy dialogue which takes one to a different level of. Is it true does mood truly affect writing? Well maybe… Continue reading “How Emotions Impact Writing”

Ideas, Ideas, too many Ideas!


By Alberto Pupo

So you sit down to write a book, the story is going well, the plot-line is getting compelling, and then something odd happens… A new idea enters the mind, suddenly the story does not seem as compelling the characters are a little flat, and all you can think about is this grand new adventure series featuring insane wizards and sarcastic dragons (ok, not really but you get it). Remaining on topic is very difficult for an author. It does not matter if you are a revered master or a novice who started writing yesterday we authors have a tendency to shift around and change our minds when we think that the grass may be greener on the other side.

When you are dealing with fictional worlds of your creation, there is a tendency to move between worlds sometimes there moments when everything may be going well, and then a new idea takes you in a different direction so what can be done to avoid this phenomenon and see a story till the end?

1. Stay focused on an end goal- If you develop the ending to the story from the very beginning, you have a clear finish line in mind. This means that everything else is merely filling in the blanks.

2. Throw in a plot twist.- If the direction of a certain tale is getting a little stale, just twist it up a bit. This will revitalize your writing and add a new level of excitement maybe a new character? A sudden character death? Anything that will give you a fresh perspective.

If none of these things work, then you may have to shelve the idea and get back to it later. There is no shame in doing this, some ideas and stories are stronger than others, however, do not ever completely do away and trash an idea as you never know when it can be used again in the future.

Authors how do you deal with this issue?

Start your Engines: NaNoWriMo 2017


By Alberto Pupo

October fades away and after the Halloween hangover fades the month of November is here. For indie authors, this is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month.Or NaNoWriMo as we authors like to call it. I have heard much about this special time of year all throughout the year. This year, however, after much thinking I decided to roll the dice and join the madness. Continue reading “Start your Engines: NaNoWriMo 2017”

A Matter of Perspective


By Alberto Pupo

Perspective is everything in writing. A narrative can take on many different forms simply by making a simple adjustment like perspective. Some perspectives give you an intimate look, others give you a grand scope of things and give you a bird’s eye view. Which perspective works best? Well, that is basically up to you? Continue reading “A Matter of Perspective”

The Art of Crafting an Ending



By Alberto Pupo

The story is only a few lines away from its end. Now the time has come to close it off. The only words left are The End? However, a new decision is made… and instead we have the words “To be Continued”.

Endings, this is an author’s best friend and most dreaded foe. The end signifies yet, another successful telling of a story. However , there is always going to be that niggling Continue reading “The Art of Crafting an Ending”

The Golden Rule of getting your book reviewed.


By Alberto Pupo

You have just published your book after the initial excitement (Usually escalated by a massive caffeine buzz) wears off reality slaps you in the face. “I need to get out there and sell books!” After doing market research till your eyes fall off, you learn that one major key to getting your work out there is to generate positive reviews. Now that you have a Continue reading “The Golden Rule of getting your book reviewed.”