advice for writers

Using Ebooks to Understand Story Structure

February 11, 2016 Writing Stuff
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If we’ve ever had a friend ramble or go off on tangents when describing a movie, we understand how story structure can help make stories more enjoyable. In other words, good story structure is an important element of good storytelling. Here’s how we can learn to analyze the structure of stories…

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How to Make Beta Reading Work for Us

February 9, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Ever struggle to make readers’ interpretations of your writing match your intentions? We probably all have. As writers, we’re so close to our stories it’s impossible for us to know how readers will interpret our words. A good beta reader will give feedback about what we can’t see. And that’s just one reason why we all need beta readers.

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Self Publishing? What’s Your Pricing Plan? — Let’s Talk Freebies!

February 4, 2016 Writing Stuff
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As writers and as readers, we’ve probably noticed the many ebooks offered for free and wondered why anyone would do all that work for nothing in return. My monthly guest post at Janice Hardy’s Fiction University explores the benefits and risks of freebies.

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Nourishing Our Creativity to Help Our Writing

February 2, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Writing is an art form, and yet I don’t usually think of myself as an artist. But all types of artistic endeavors have the concept of a muse or a gut feel for when something is working—or not—so we might be able to use that general “artistic muse” concept to help us with our writing, especially when we suffer from writer’s block.

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If We’re Serious about Writing, We’ll…

January 28, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Some sales pitches play on our fears, and others play on our self-doubt. These sales messages are usually worded like, “If We’re Serious about Writing, We’ll…” Unfortunately, messages like this aren’t limited to sales pitches.

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The “Secret” to Success Can’t Be Bought

January 26, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Unfortunately, some writers believe that paying for a workshop, class, or conference is necessary to succeed, and some sales pitches play to our fears by implying they can teach us the “secret” to success. But while these resources can help us as writers, they’re not required to succeed.

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Giveaway! James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass

January 21, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Have you seen the ads for James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass? Here’s your chance to win a seat in his online class!

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Writer Dilemma: Private Life vs. Public Figures

January 19, 2016 Random Musings
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Many of us struggle with maintaining a sense of privacy online, yet being a writer requires us to be “public figures.” That means we have to find a balance between privacy and public sharing to be an author. Let’s take a look at some of the privacy issues we might run into in our writing life.

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Author Newsletters: 6 Tips for Smart Strategies

January 14, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Approximately seventy bajillion new books are released every day (give or take a few bajillion). Our newly released books might have a hard time being noticed, so when we find readers who like our work, we want to make sure they’re still in our audience for our next book. Enter the email newsletter.

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Writer Sanity: Recognizing Takers & Setting Boundaries

January 12, 2016 Random Musings
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Last week, I challenged writers to think about how they’re giving back to the writing community because it needs our help to thrive. Yet no matter what I recommend, there will be takers infecting our community, so let’s learn how to recognize them for what they are.

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