Monthly Archives: March 2012

Blogging Basics: Is anyone listening out there?

Blogging is a form of communication. You all know that, right?  Yet, some folks post to their blogs and expect others to read them and heap praise on them, but they don’t do the same. Many times when starting a … Continue reading

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Writing and publishing your first book.

Note: is intended to give those writing for the first time the ins and outs of writing and publishing. At times, I stray from that. Today, I’m posting a broad-strokes explanation of the process.  Each of the points in … Continue reading

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Be Specific – choose your words carefully.

When you’re writing a first draft of a story or novel, it’s fine to write fast and just get the story or idea down. If you can’t think of a particular word., then substitute the more generalized form of it … Continue reading

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Writing When You Don’t Want To .. Guest post by Kathryn Jones

Today, I’m pleased to announce that Kathryn Jones is the Guest Blogger on Before You Write.  Kathryn Jones is a published writer of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. Her latest book, Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones, was … Continue reading

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Are you making the most of your writing time?

When I first published Ready, Set, Tweet: A Speedy Guide to Twitter, I was doing zoomies around the Internet signing on to every book site and social media site I could land on. I’m afraid in my enthusiasm, I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Evaluating books and why they do or don’t work.

Before you write, it’s very helpful to read a book or two (or five or 10) written by authors you admire in your genre. You may know that you like those authors, but do you know why?  Learning why will … Continue reading

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Why blog about your book

What did we ever do before blogging?  Blogs open valuable lines of communication with readers , and a good blog allows you to reach these people faster and easier than past communication systems. Here are some of the reasons you … Continue reading

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