All posts tagged writing tips

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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Wisdom

by Ruth O’Neil Years ago I prayed for wisdom about a certain situation. Now, pray for wisdom doesn’t have quite the same results as those who prefer faith or patience (which we should all do time to time), but it definitely opened my eyes to see surprising things. Praying for wisdom has become almost a constant […]

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Creating Another Generation of Authors – Interviewing Young Authors

by Parker J. Cole *originally posted on the Write Stuff blog I was honored to be invited again by the Michigan Reading Association to interview a new crop of young authors.  The MRA allowed me this opportunity last year and you can listen to the details of that experience here. If I thought for […]

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Dear Reader

by Suzanne D. Williams Dear Reader, I am writing this to clarify a few things regarding books and writing, specifically how we see it from an author’s point of view. You see, I was one of you once, full of opinions about what I read and sure that the writer needed to hear […]

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