WRITING TIPS

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… Crickets.

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Read More, Write Better

WRITERS, DON’T FORGET TO READ! As writers, it is vitally important that we also 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. Reading books, in any genre, whether fiction or non-fiction, stimulates

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Nix the Naysayers

Writing is tough, there is no doubt about that. What makes it tougher? The naysayers. The critics. The unbelievers. You’ve worked so hard to put your written word out there, and someone comes along and says it’s terrible. Maybe you’ve told your friends or family that you are going to be a writer and they

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13 Ways to Grow as a Writer

Artist’s see beauty even in the most simplistic shapes and textures. Seemingly ordinary objects can inspire them to create something amazing. Scientists feed their quest for answers with experimentation and marvel at new discoveries. The musician continually reaches for new and exciting limits with their instrument, voice or arrangement. WHAT ABOUT YOU, WRITER? Do you

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The Three E’s of Writing

Does Your Writing Contain the Three E’s? A good book can make you feel deeply, laugh loudly, or want to cry. It can make you question the world, a belief system, or a stereotype. A book can literally change the way you think and feel. As writers, we can take away lessons of great writing

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How’s Your Author Platform?

Ideas to Build your Author Platform or Enhance your Current Website Do you have an author platform- a website all your own to highlight your works? Many of you may already have a website or blog to showcase your work. (Awesome!) If you do, are you using it to its full potential? If you are

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Character Characteristics

How to Write Interesting, Believable Characters In fiction writing, a great story hinges on great characters. The plot can be good, but if your characters are boring and flat, the story will be too. Take note of the winners of book and movie awards. In many cases, the award was given not because of the

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Olympic Style Writing

5 Things You can Learn about Writing from Olympic Athletes The Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Nearly everyone likes to watch at least some of the events. We’re excited by the incredible athletes and their amazing achievements, watching them swim, kick, cycle, row, dive, lift, ski, skate, sled… it goes on and on. So impressive,

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The Grammar Police

Avoid 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 work hard to avoid in my own writing. While reading blogs, social media posts and other online forums, I have stumbled across

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Five 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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