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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

Why Understanding Amazon’s Algorithm is Important for Your Book’s Rank

Last week I talked about how a negative review on Amazon can actually help sell books. This week I’m going to go more in-depth on Amazon’s […]
June 12, 2017

How Negative Reviews Can Help Sell Books

Seems like a radical idea, but negative reviews can actually help sell books and I can prove it.  One reader gave me the best present ever […]
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, […]
June 12, 2017

Why Character Development is Your Superpower

You may be surprised to know that you were born with a superpower: character development. I can see you rolling your eyes already — stop it! […]
May 7, 2017
writing productivity

Using These Every Week Can Increase Your Writing Productivity

Is your writing productivity the pits? Are you working on a writing project you feel is never going to get finished? If it’s possible to rule a […]
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