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It’s been a L-O-N-G series, but I wanted to especially focus in on different tools you can use to identify your characters’ …

September 30, 2017

In this series, we’re looking at personalities, how to develop them, and where to look for more information about personality types. As …

September 23, 2017

If you’re writing about corporate culture or your main characters are partners or close colleagues in their jobs, the DISC personality profiles …

August 23, 2017

Where do you get your inspiration? For me, it can something as simple as a “what if” question to change a story …

July 16, 2017

Characters with personality make your readers identify and care about them. There are several ways to determine what your character will be …

June 22, 2017

In the beginning…in creating characters, we must begin at the beginning. We’ve talked about a three-word description, and basic information. How do …

May 22, 2017

Why is it that some characters stick in our minds? What is it about them that causes us identify with them and …

April 22, 2017

Why is it that some characters stick in our minds? What is it about them that causes us identify with them and …

March 22, 2017

As this series draws to a close, here are a couple practical exercises you can do at home to learn and practice …

February 21, 2017

This time, we’re continuing our look at self-editing with tips from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Browne and King. We’re going to …

January 22, 2017

We all want our manuscripts to be the best they can be. In the past, we’ve relied on unskilled critique partners, groups, …

December 22, 2016

Writers write because we love to use words, but let’s face it––even though we say we write for ourselves, we all want …

November 22, 2016

Getting published traditionally is difficult. Small publishers are more likely to accept a manuscript from a previously unpublished author, yet they are …

October 28, 2016

Let’s get our manuscript “publish-ready.” Refer to last month’s post for my definition. This time, we’ll look at basic proofreading. Spell check …

September 22, 2016

Last month, we talked about what “publish-ready” means.  This time, we’ll look at basic proofreading. Spell check in Microsoft Word or whatever word processing program …

August 26, 2016

You hear it more and more these days. What does “publish-ready” mean? How can self-editing help? #amwriting #publish-ready #self-editing For the next …

July 8, 2016

We’ve been looking at crafting plot twists. #amwriting #plottwists .

June 10, 2016

Continuing our look at crafting a spectacular plot twist, this time we’ll look in detail at a couple of the “tips” mentioned …

May 19, 2016

Last time we talked about all the elements needed to create a stunning plot twist. This time, we’ll talk about reader reactions …

April 23, 2016

Plot Twists Four elements to plot twists: 1) unexpected, 2) inevitable, 3) an escalation of what preceded it, and 4) a… Click …

March 11, 2016

Nearly two years ago, when I finished my Craftsman class with DiAnn Mills, she recommended I get a book entitled Story Trumps Structure, …

February 25, 2016

Most fiction starts out hot, then bogs down. How can you keep the fire in your fiction so that readers will continually …

January 16, 2016

This time, we’ll look at Character Struggles, and how they help make unforgettable fiction. Here’s a great way to start it out: …

December 15, 2015

We’re looking at Donald Maass’ The Fire in Fiction. @DonaldMaass #FireinFiction I’m on a quest to learn more about writing and …

November 10, 2015

The tagline to Donald Maas’ The Fire in Fiction is “passion, purpose, and techniques TO MAKE YOUR NOVEL GREAT.” The book covers …

October 30, 2015
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