Writing

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 13, 2017
writer's network

The Importance of a Writers Network

Never underestimate the power of a personal writers network. These are your first, and perhaps your most loyal, fans. These are people who understand what drives you […]
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

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 […]
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