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The ‘Write’ Retreat

How do you RETREAT? Any way is the “write way”, as long as you find some inspiration. Recently I spent some time in Los Angeles, CA. It was a pleasure trip, rather than a business trip, because my daughter wanted to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit Universal Studios, and play at the beach,

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Using Books to Enhance Your Writing

Reading.  As writers, it is vitally important that we read other works on a consistent basis. My recent post on The Three E’s of Writing touched on the subject of learning from books that reach out and grab your soul.  I thought I would go deeper on this topic by discussing how you can specifically analyze a

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The Three E’s of Writing

Does your writing contain the Three E’s? I’ve been thinking about great stories and why they are special to me.  Have you analyzed your favorite books?  I’m talking about the kind of books that hit you in the gut with raw emotion, the kind that sweep you into another world, the kind that teach you

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Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Read About

Ideas to build or enhance your Author Platform. Hey writers, do you have an author platform? A place to highlight your works? Many of you may already have a website or blog to showcase your work. Awesome! (To those of you who don’t- you must consider getting one- read on…) Having a presence on social

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4 Steps to Maximize Your Writing Time

Do you have big goals this year for your writing? Me too. Big projects and new endeavors are exciting, but can be overwhelming, especially with all of the other responsibilities you may have in your life. When you sit down to write, you have to make the most of it. I’m a believer in staying

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How to Find Your Ideal Reader

You’ve done it! You’ve written an amazing book full of your incredible ideas or fabulous fiction. You’ve self published your work and announced it to your family and friends, who willingly bought a copy immediately. You began posting your book on social media and now you are waiting for the sales to roll in and…

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Faith in Your Writing

I want to talk about faith in writing. Your writing to be precise. Why? Because it is a universal truth that writers struggle with confidence. Writers fight with self-doubt. You ride the roller coaster of uncertainty and hesitation on a daily basis. One day you’re up, the next day down. Monday you feel energetic and

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The Grammar Police

~Avoiding Common Mistakes in Your Writing~ I’m the first to admit that I am no expert in the English language and its absolute proper usage. However, there are many common errors that I diligently try to avoid in my own writing. While reading blogs, social media posts and other online forums, I have stumbled across the

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The Unburdened Writer

I love when it rains. The soothing sound of it, the smell of it, the cleansing feel of it, dripping on my windowsill, falling lightly on my face, or even the tremble of roaring thunder from behind the curtain. Something about the rain brings me a sense of calm, even when it is stormy. The

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Wish Upon a Writing Star

When I was a little one, I would look out my window each night to wish upon a bright white star, hoping for things that little girls hope for- castles and ponies and beautiful flowing waterfalls outside my walled sanctuary. As I grew older, the wishes became more realistic (and I realized the star was

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