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The Question Saga

Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Blog, Writing Tools | 2 comments

The Question Saga

They remind me of rearing a two-year-old. Why? How come? Why not? Though effective tools, questions are at times greater distraction in non-fiction works. Here’s why. When you ask a question, especially in the opening line of a work, the reader’s eyes continue to scan the page, but their head stops at the question mark. They keep reading but the content is not absorbing. They’re pondering the question. The sad thing is, they ponder…and ponder some more. Even if they finish reading the page,...

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The In on Self Publishing – Part 1

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 3 comments

The In on Self Publishing –  Part 1

I am lover of words who desires for them to be the best they can be – whether traditionally published or self published, it’s important to do your homework. This past year of teaching nationwide at Writers Conferences has brought some concerns to my attention. I see a lot of writers frustrated with writing and the difficulty of being published. There’s an attitude developing among authors that boils down to three things: 1)  a bit of laziness  2)entitlement and 3)impatience....

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Putting SOCIAL back in Media

Posted by on Aug 10, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 8 comments

Putting SOCIAL back in Media

I’m all for social media. (My friends snicker when I say that…they know the truth.) The fact is, I’m not patient with social media. I am one who is being dragged into the world of tweeting, beeping and facebooking by the hair of the head. I grow tired of seeing endless books thrown in my face, while my peers (me included) try to help “market” the paper child we’ve birthed. So this summer I’ve done some research. I’ve observed. Paid attention to...

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After the Conference Ends…

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 6 comments

After the Conference Ends…

I’ve just returned from three Christian Writers Conferences.  They were back to back over a 2 1/2 week time span. Between the flights, car rides, 15 hour schedules, and crossing back and forth from Eastern to Central time numerous times, I hardly knew what day of the week it was. Conference season is grueling – it’s hard work for the faculty. It takes it’s toll but it’s worth every moment. “All you do is sit and listen to conferees talk,” remarked a...

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Here a Tweak, There a Tweak, Everywhere a Tweak, Tweak

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 1 comment

Here a Tweak, There a Tweak, Everywhere a Tweak, Tweak

You’d have thought I’d have suggested murder. “Great job with the story and the plot, but you might want to consider a bit more self-editing.” My comment, though said in the kindest of ways,  floored the conferee. “Self-edit?” She swallowed hard. “I proofed it. Are there typos?” The more conferences where I’m blessed to teach, the more I see the rising need to address self-editing. For the experienced writer self- editing is is a no...

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A Writing Circle of Life

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Blog, Writing Tools | 4 comments

A Writing Circle of Life

I grow impatient at times. My agent has my manuscript. She’s looking for markets that might consider it, but she comes up dry. “You write outside the box. It’s hard to find a home for your work.” I slide down in my computer chair and push my bangs out of my eyes. “Shesh! I thought publishers wanted something new and different.” Such are the trends of publishing. It’s a frustrating market but it’s not always the publishers fault. Chalk over half...

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