Whew! Did you make it past the goal line? If you didn’t, did you write more than you did in October? What things did you learn from the experience? This is my third year participating and my third year winning, finishing two days early! This year was different for me as it’s the first one […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janice Joplin Writing and the Writing Life: What could be Worse Than a Cliché? Tiffany Lawson Inman has a quick search you can do on your manuscript that could help you punch up your prose. Dear Author reports on a disturbing practice by some self-pubbed authors: When […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Take a Chance on Me” ABBA Writing and the Writing Life: The next in their series: The Dos and Don’ts of Writers’ Conferences: Part 2 Did you know you could get an MFA in writing romance? Alexandra Sokoloff with another great blog post on how screenwriting concepts can improve […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Lakme” from The Hunger soundtrack Writing and the Writing Life: The Beauty is in the Details, by Sherry Thomas but remember Excessive Detail Can Kill Your Story (from Mooderino) How to Kill Your Agent Relationship without Really Trying Best advice I’ve seen on how to evaluate feedback from critique partners and […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Feeling Gravity’s Pull,” R.E.M. Writing and the Writing Life: Are you waiting on pins and needles like me, waiting for those rejection letters? Get the suspense out of your system with the Rejection Letter Generator! the real ones couldn’t be worse… Involved in critique groups? Nathan Bransford has […]

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You’ve finally finished your first draft and you’re ecstatic. You should be! Many aspiring writers never get that far! Go out and celebrate! As many writers will tell you, take a break. Long enough to forget the little details. Week, two weeks. A month. Then do a reread (without editing!) Did you flip out at […]

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I’m knee-deep in my fourth draft when lo and behold, out pops my theme. It was freaking amazing how it felt, too, so I scribbled it down and realized that I already had so many elements in place it was a wonder I hadn’t gotten whiplash from it hitting me in the face before. Are […]

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