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Stepping Up to Na-No-Wri-Mo

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Stepping Up to Na-No-Wri-Mo

November is National Novel Writing Month. Authors and “would-be” authors accept Na-No-Writ-Mo’s challenge to pen a novel in thirty days. 50K words in a month, 1667 words in a day, 138 words in twelve hours, 2.5 words per minute. It’s a very feasible goal. Na-No-Wri-Mo’s mission is valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline. The concept is wonderful. With the right attitude, participants can pound out 50K words in a month. Just to meet the word count goal in 30 days is an...

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Keep ‘Em Reading – It’s the Writer’s Responsibility

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Keep ‘Em Reading – It’s the Writer’s Responsibility

J. R. Ewing heard a noise outside his office door. He walked into the hallway and BOOM! Shot. Twice. This was the season ender for the 1980 television show, Dallas. America was taken back when they realized two things.   1) Was J. R. Ewing dead? 2) Who shot him? That closing scene was every writers dream come true . . . having the viewer/reader hungry for more. Fiction is the most read genre in the country. Not only do authors vie for a spot on the fiction shelves of a bookstore, bigger yet,...

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Overcoming the Fear of Writing Failure

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Overcoming the Fear of Writing Failure

” “So Mom, how’s book two coming?” My son’s voice echoed through the phone. “Mom. You there?” “Uh, yep. I’m here. I have some ideas.” “That’s never been a problem. How’s the book coming?” “I can’t seem to get started?” “Why?” He asked. “I don’t know.” “You got a story in mind?” “Yes.” “Then just write it.” I’d stretched my...

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I Kid You Not

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

I Kid You Not

When new writers enter the world of publishing, the genre they lean toward is children. I’ve often wondered why until I realized it’s a mindset – and a wrong mindset at that. I began to ask new writers the question, “Why this genre? Why children’s?” Eighty percent of the time, I got a deer in the headlights look; the remaining twenty percent responded they thought writing for children was easy and short. There is some element of truth to that – children’s stories are short. The remaining...

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Who Really Sells Your Books

Posted by on May 24, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

Who Really Sells Your Books

I’ve always been a hometown gal. I buy my groceries at the hometown grocer over the larger superstore and shop at the local small town hardware store, who – by the way knows my name and still says, “Hi, what can we do ya for today? I buy my flowers from the street side plant store, and my veggies at the Farmer’s Market. I love our local small businesses, but when my debut novel hit the shelves, I fell prey to obvious; the area chain stores from the Christian stores to the big boys like...

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Homonyms – Did You Sea/See Them Their/There?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Blog, Writing Tools | 0 comments

Homonyms – Did You Sea/See Them Their/There?

Homonym – A word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air or bear and bare. I love editors. They are a breed all their own. A bit OCD and leaning toward a perfectionist’s mentality, they are the eyes that make our writing spotless. Clean. Grammatically. . . spit-shined. Without them, many of us would be . . .well, let’s just say, we wouldn’t look as good as we do. But, if you want to have some fun with an editor, mess with a...

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