Monthly Archives: January 2012

Plot: graphing your plot will help you assess it.

When we talked about pacing before, we emphasized how the pace of our writing needs to be fast enough to keep the reader turning the pages of the book without letting the story run away at a break-neck speed. The … Continue reading

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Speaking and Writing

At times, we all get little bouts of writer’s bock. We’re locked out of our own minds, so to speak. It doesn’t happen to me as often as it used to, but at times I’ll just sit before the screen … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about editing.

Remember the quote,  A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client? I feel the same way about editing.  You’re a writer, but unless you have studied and studied editing, you are not an editor. And, even if … Continue reading

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Mastering dialogue

Before You Write, learn what your characters would and would not say. Writing dialogue takes quite a bit of practice. The best way to prepare for it is to listen to people around you. Practice by recreating their conversations on … Continue reading

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Submitting nonfiction. Use an agent?

Before you write…. it’s good to know what agents do and to start considering whether you want to use one for your nonfiction work. You can make this decision early on if you have a full outline and a solid … Continue reading

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Self Publishing and Traditional Publishing… the differences

Before you choose your route to publishing, Know some of the difference between self publishing and traditional publishing. Here are some things you may want to know when making the choice: 1a. With self publishing, you’ll make more money per … Continue reading

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The Steps to Traditional Publishing – An Overview

We’ve spent some time talking about self-publishing. Before  you write and before you decide that self-publishing is the path for you, it’s good to know the ins and outs of the publishing world. After all, how can you make an … Continue reading

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Courage to write

All creative endeavors bring up a certain amount of fear in the writer or artist.  That’s a fact. You might look at the title of this blog post and ask what courage has to do with writing. My answer is … Continue reading

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