Novel Ideas #2: “Find Your Quiet Place”

Share6 Tweet +12 Pin Share Stumble[20 quick steps to writing success] “Will you kids PLEASE keep it down? I’m trying to write here!” How many times have you said this, or something like it? You know you need QUIET time when it’s time to write. But LIFE goes on all around you. What can you do? […]

Novel Ideas: #14 “Dogs Must Live!”

Share18 Tweet +11 Pin Share StumbleYou may think you have a perfectly rational reason for killing a dog in your novel. Maybe he’s a very large, rabid dog. Death would be a blessing. Or maybe he’s a devoted guard dog, destined to give his life in loyal service to his human family. So, really, in […]

Novel Ideas: #1 “Start Writing”

Share52 Tweet +11 Pin3 Share StumbleThose first words are critical, aren’t they? (Hell, I tried and tossed a dozen different sentences to start this post!} The writing is easy enough. Describe a character. Outline the plot. Picture a setting with vivid details. Blow up a building. Simple, huh? There’s a difference, though, between driving around […]

Consider these three ways to Kill Your Readers

Share5 Tweet +13 Pin Share1 StumbleThis is a guest post by author/editor Katharine Trauger You probably would prefer NOT to kill your readers. But you might be a reader murderer without realizing it. Here’s your personal “cheat sheet” for avoiding three hidden ways you might be killing your readers. Living readers love a well-written essay. You […]

If you’ve ever written a story…

Share Tweet +1 Pin Share StumbleIf you’ve ever written a story, Go see Saving Mr. Banks. If you’ve ever written a story about love, or about love and loss, or about joy and sorrow, whether your story was long or short, epic or small… If you’ve ever written a story that moved you to laughter […]

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