Category Archives: Writing

No More Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am

Photo courtesy of imagerymajestic on freedigitalphotos.net Okay, it’s been awhile since my last post, and I apologize. I’ve been insanely busy editing, and for that I’m grateful. In fact, I should be editing right now, but this post idea won’t … Continue reading

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Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo

Yes, it’s that time again! Writers everywhere are plotting and planning as they get ready to dive into the trenches of NaNoWriMo. What’s NaNoWriMo, you may ask? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it takes place in November. … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Manuscript

You’ve finally done it… written your novel. It’s complete. All those words down in one place. And you’re no fool. You’ve got an editor all lined up.  But wait. Is it really ready for the editor yet? When you say … Continue reading

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Different Approaches to Outlining

Outlining. For a lot of writers, that’s a bad word. It makes them cringe or run screaming for the door. Well, I’m here to tell you that outlining can be your friend. It wants you to scritch it behind the … Continue reading

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Using a Plan

I just got a new book yesterday: Outlining Your Novel by K. M. Weiland. I’m really excited about this book and I’ll tell you why. John and I are starting our next book, and as much as I’d like to … Continue reading

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The Art of Character by David Corbett Giveaway

Today we’re doing something special. Not only do we have a fabulous interview with author David Corbett about characterization (everyone should read this interview… you’ll learn a LOT!), but if you post a comment, you’ll be entered for a chance … Continue reading

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Writing Historical Novels with author Suzanne Adair

I had a fantastic conversation about the craft of writing and building your characters in a historical context with Suzanne. Award-winning novelist, Suzanne Adair – is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of … Continue reading

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What was the moment(s) before we meet them?

As you set out to develop a character within a your story, there are a 1001 things you must do to give life to this new being. I feel one of the greatest discoveries is the “moment before”… this is … Continue reading

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First Person — Continued

When you’re writing in first person, there are some things you definitely need to avoid. Like what? Well, that’s just silly, I thought to myself. Duh. Who else are you going to think to? Unless your character can communicate telepathically … Continue reading

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What are we fighting for, what’s the conflict

John Rakestraw, The Story Spinner. For the characters in our writing… they must rise to the challenge to reach the end (the grand goal). For our readership, it’s living each emotion, running right along with the characters, facing their fears … Continue reading

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