Cover Reveal: Spark A Little Flame

I’ve been hard at work on a project that’s so much fun. I’m reworking my early romantic comedies — breathing fresh life into the characters for a new audience of readers. The process has made me remember how much I love reading and writing...

Does Your Novel Need a Ticking Clock?

Previously, I’ve talked about the importance of conflict in a novel. (See post here.) Conflict keeps readers engaged. But what creates conflict, and how can you be sure yours keeps readers turning the pages of your book? When I scan bestseller lists and read the...

Conflict: In Fiction it’s a Very GOOD Thing

Just a quick post, and I’ll keep it simple… I was text-talking with a writer recently. This amazing writer is working on her first novel. The story plays out around a real-life iconic place, and she has managed to create characters that seem as real to me as my...

Do You Need a Writing Coach?

In addition to writing my own stories, I own a writing and editing business, Archer Editing & Writing Services, with my son. As the name of our business implies, we offer a variety of editing and writing services for clients. Take a look at our website to see what...

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face….

My oldest son is getting married in less than two weeks. That and the romantic comedy novella I’m currently at work on have me thinking about how people meet and fall in love. One of my favorite romantic comedy movies is the classic When Harry Met Sally, and one...

A Pilgrimage Worth Taking

If you look closely, you might see a tear on my office Buddha’s cheek. I warned him that The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is one of the saddest, most touching novels I’ve ever read, while at the same time it is filled with humor and hope. It begins:...
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