How to Write

September 11, 2017
writing to market

Writing to Market Without Selling Out

Some writing thought leaders suggest authors who want to make their books more marketable consider “writing to market” for best results. Writing to market simply means […]
August 26, 2017

Writers: Dare to Be Mediocre

Writers are inundated with advice on how to claw their way to the top of their game. Some experts claim all you need is a strong […]
August 21, 2017

Pulling Your Muse from the Pit of Despair

You get rejected for the 500th contest you’ve entered. Then you read the stories that “win” and at least one of them is filled with grammatical errors […]
August 6, 2017
head space

Head Space: Making Room for Your Next Big Idea

It’s no secret you have to make room in your life for what you want. New clothes are lost in an overstuffed closet. Artwork displayed cheek-by-jowl […]
July 29, 2017
how to write dialogue that doesn't suck

How to Write Dialogue That Doesn’t Suck: The Comma Rule

Dialogue. It’s the grease that keeps your story moving. Done well, it gives personality to your characters and brings them to glorious technicolor life. Done poorly, […]
July 9, 2017

Do This, Be An Author — Simple Magic for Writers

I’m sharing my incredible secret after a writer friend told me she couldn’t figure out how I’d gotten to be an author so quickly (I’ve just […]
June 25, 2017

How to Start a Novel: Literally

When I discuss how to start a novel in this post, I’m not talking about serving up namby-pamby inspirational go-juice or a step-by-step tool-heavy walkthrough. I’m talking […]
June 19, 2017

Under Deadline: An Author in 3 Months

Most writers know the feeling of being under deadline. In On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King advises writers to set deadlines for themselves. […]
June 12, 2017
character traits

Character Traits: First Steps to Authentic Voice in Your Writing

Character traits are used to describe how characters act in a given situation and illustrate the type of person they are for your reader. Writing characters with a strong, […]
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