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7th Annual Blogiversary Contest — Prize: Me! Wait…er, What?

June 22, 2017 For Readers
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It’s that time of year again. My seven-year blogiversary is coming up on July 12th. And I’m once again amazed by the fact that I’ve been writing this blog for seven years. How can something feel like yesterday and forever at the same time?

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How Can We Make Our Writing More Authentic? — Guest: Lizzie Shane

June 15, 2017 Writing Stuff
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Most of us have probably heard the advice about how we should make our writing more authentic or genuine. But what does that mean, and how can we make it happen? Today, Lizzie Shane joins us to share her insights into mining our experiences for our stories.

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How Can We Make Time Pass in Our Stories?

June 13, 2017 Writing Stuff
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It’s time for another post as a Resident Writing Coach over at Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s Writers Helping Writers site, and this time we’re exploring 7 techniques we can use to keep our story moving while time passes for our characters.

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Self Publishing? Where Should We Start?

June 1, 2017 Writing Stuff
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My series about Indie Publishing Paths at Fiction University has highlighted some of the choices we have to make as self-published authors, and now it’s time to summarize everything we’ve learned in a step-by-step plan.

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Diversity Issues: The Importance of “Own Voices”

May 18, 2017 Writing Stuff
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While all diverse stories are important, the stories that should be most encouraged are those from authors who can provide an authentic perspective. Today, Wendy Sparrow shares her insights on what “own voices” means and how others can improve their non-own-voices stories.

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Self Publishing? Use Your Goals to Develop a Master Plan

May 4, 2017 Writing Stuff
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My series about Indie Publishing Paths at Fiction University has highlighted some of the choices we have to make as self-published authors, and now it’s time to pull all that information together and develop our “master plan.”

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4 Common Copy Editing Issues to Watch For — Guest: Julie Glover

April 25, 2017 Writing Stuff
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I’ve mentioned before that I write very “clean,” which saves me money on editing. If we learn what we tend to get wrong and then watch out for those issues when writing, we can strengthen the skills that can help us write cleaner.

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Self Publishing? Match Your Plans to Your Goals — Part Three

April 6, 2017 Writing Stuff
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My series about Indie Publishing Paths at Fiction University has highlighted some of the choices we have to make as self-published authors, including what our newsletter strategy should be. Can our goals help us decide?

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Creating a Strong Moral Premise for Our Story — Guest: Jeff Lyons

April 4, 2017 Writing Stuff
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A character’s arc involves change, but what exactly is changing? Today, Jeff Lyons shares how to ensure we’re not saddling our protagonist with generic character flaws to overcome, but rather we’re creating well-rounded characters with personal motivations for their struggles.

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What’s “High Concept” & How Can I Create It? — Guest: Jeff Lyons

March 28, 2017 Writing Stuff
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Last week, Jeff Lyons shared how to make every story idea the best it could be. Today he’s delving into the tricky description of high concept. Many agents and editors say they prefer high-concept stories, but what does that mean?

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