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Out-of-Genre Summer Reading List 2017

Out-of-Genre Summer Reading List 2017

Earlier this week I talked about the importance of reading for writers.   Plus… it’s almost Summer.  What does all that mean?  Summer reading list!  I could sit down and…

State of the Woodland (What’s going on ’round here anyway?)

Friday? Did I say Friday? No, I’m sure I said I would post this on Saturday. (Please don’t fact check me on that.) Anyway (a day…

What I Learned this Weekend

What I Learned this Weekend

I learned something this weekend: I have a lot to learn. About writing novels.  About writing short stories.  About selling novels and publishing novels.  About developing characters and story worlds…

How to Get the Most Out of Your Critiques

How to Get the Most Out of Your Critiques

So you’ve asked nicely, and now you are holding a copy of your own chapter which is covered in comments from another author.  They’ve shared all sorts of…

The “Rules” of Writing

The “Rules” of Writing

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” –William Somerset Maugham One of the all-time great quotes about writing.  Pure brilliance…

How to Deal with Bad Critiques

How to Deal with Bad Critiques

In my recent article published by Kingdom Pen I begged you to listen to your brainstorming and critique partners.”  But your critique partners aren’t always right.  If you’ve…

Don’t make that Revision Promise

Don’t make that Revision Promise

NaNo is over. Hours of outlining.  Weeks of writing.  An entire month of banging your head against the wall (or the keyboard, depending on your preference.) So now what?  Well…

Keeping Excited About NaNoWriMo

Keeping Excited About NaNoWriMo

The weeks are starting to drain away, and you’ve been NaNoing hard.  Really, really hard.  You’ve been writing fast, throwing words down on paper as fast as you…

People are Important Too: Finishing NaNo without destroying your relationships

People are Important Too: Finishing NaNo without destroying your relationships

People are important.  Friends-most friends anyway-are people.  (I know you have your dog, and your imaginary buddies, and Bing Bong… but we’re not talking about those today…

Questions for Writers: Get your writing career going in the direction you want

Questions for Writers: Get your writing career going in the direction you want

I just wasn’t sure what to blog about this week.  Not the fresh-out-of-ideas kind of ‘not sure what to write about’, but the trig-homework-was…