Category Archives: writing tips

A lot of writing & marketing ebooks on sale today only for #writers today only. Grab them while you can!

There are a number of writing technique and book marketing ebooks on sale today only (Fri Nov 7, 2014) for only $0.99 on Amazon that, if you’re a writer, published or pre-published, you may want to buy. I’ve snatched up … Continue reading

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Need a boost in your writing or editing? Check out Holly Lisle’s books and courses.

If you’re looking for some good writing technique books or online courses, I highly recommend Holly Lisle’s books and courses. I have her Create a Character Clinic, Create a Plot Clinic, and How to Write Page-Turning Scenes, and I’m seriously … Continue reading

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Using Reading To Reignite Your Writing

I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because even though I trained as an editor and a writer, I don’t always see the mistakes and typos in my own work. I think it’s easy, as a writer, to become … Continue reading

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LOVE YA author Beth Revis’ post on how to respond to negative reviews

I’ve seen some posts lately about YA authors and/or their supporters flipping out on reviewers online. It makes me curl my toes up. It’s just…not professional, you know? But it’s also not feel-good. It can bring a negative feeling for … Continue reading

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Writers–do you need a trusted independent editor for your manuscript? I know a great one: Evelyn Fazio

Sometimes we need an editor to get that final push before we get a book contract, to really polish our work and have it be the best it can be. That’s especially true if we’re publishing our books as ebooks. … Continue reading

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Free videos on writing by Ray Bradbury, Penelope Lively, and Clive Cussler

Do you write fiction? If you do, you may want to check out these five free videos on writing by Ray Bradbury, Penelope Lively, and Clive Cussler. I love technology! How cool is it that we can watch master writers … Continue reading

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Don’t stop the flow of your writing

I like this writing tip by Kim Harrington on not stopping the flow of your writing by using a code when you come to something like a name you don’t know, something you need to research, etc. I do this, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Banishing the Blahs From Your Fiction by author Deborah Halverson – and a giveaway

Today I have a real treat for you–a guest post by Deborah Halverson with some wise advice on writing teen fiction, AND a giveaway. Deborah Halverson is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies and the teen … Continue reading

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Learning story structure from screenwriters

I’ve thought for several years now that screenwriting books teach story structure and plot more clearly, practically, and fully than many books for novelists, with more insight and in a way that works (though I’ve also learned a ton from … Continue reading

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call for established writers to read newbies and give blurbs when they like the work

It can be hard for a new writer to get a blurb from established writers, especially if they don’t personally know the writer, or have a friend or agent who has contacts. Or so I’ve heard. I haven’t tried yet, … Continue reading

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