All posts tagged writing tips

A Couple of Quick Tips to get Ready for Nano

by Parker J. Cole

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Answering Two Questions

by Parker J. Cole What do you say to the charge that men can’t write romances that women will like, and how will you tempt guys to read your books?

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Four steps for avoiding the pitfalls we face while writing with clarity and brevity

by Precarious Yates The secret to good writing is to write with both brevity and clarity. Along the road to this combination are a number of pitfalls to avoid. At the same time, there are myriad ways to achieve the goal. This clarity and brevity combo doesn’t mean that everything has to sound […]

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Back to Basics

by Suzanne D. Williams I wrote a post last month where I lamented my inability to read without editing the material. Rather than be complaisant and continue on as I am, though, I decided to, at least, put forth the effort to overcome my problem. Alas . . . do authors still say “alas?” . . […]

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Shouting Out Your Name

by Ruth O’Neil Social media can be a very powerful marketing tool, or it can be an annoyance to the people you are trying to reach. There’s a fine line. I admit that I joined a lot of groups hoping to share and find all sorts of buyers for my books. I probably annoyed at least some […]

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A Public Confession

by Suzanne D. Williams I just want to read a book. Reading makes better writers, they say. But writing has made me a horrible reader. I remember reading for the fun of it, losing my day amidst the pages of some novel . . . 200,000 words or more. Now, I can’t manage 1,000 without […]

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Seven Ways to Fuel Your Writing

by Paulette Harper Every writer needs to be inspired. No matter how many books one has written, there are times when we need a little inspiration to get us going.  Many times I sit at my computer, starting at the blank screen, waiting for words to start flowing. Sometimes they do, sometimes I need […]

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Now What?

by Precarious Yates You did it—you finished NaNoWriMo, you awesome writer, you! You wrote that novel that boiled inside your bones for years, or weeks, or hours. You squeezed in 1,667 words a day around your work, your kids, previous commitments, Thanksgiving dinner. Now what? First of all, CELEBRATE! Enjoy your favorite food […]

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How to Avoid the Slush Pile

Editor’s Note: The Following is an article written by Tonya Barbee, a client of Paulette Harper, one of our regular contributors. by Tonya Barbee Do your homework first.  I recommend checking out the most current Guide to Literary Agents that is published yearly.  Don’t move forward without getting a hold of this book. […]

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Writing Dialogue From Different Perspectives

by Suzanne D. Williams I gave this example the other day of how several of my friends would approach the same sentence within a story. Me:  The horse is blue. Friend #1:  Horses can’t be blue. Friend #2:  I’d say turquoise. Friend #3:  You mentioned the horse’s color back in chapter 2. Each of […]

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