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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This was prepared by me as a presentation for this month’s Mobile Writer’s Guild monthly meeting and cross-posted on their website. I thought it could be useful to those outside their reach, so thought I’d post it here too. First: What is NaNoWriMo? It’s an acronym for National Novel Writing Month, which is a project […]

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I had a fellow writer friend ask my advice about the right time to submit to agents. She had everything mapped out admirably in her calendar, including sending it off to a freelance editor. She was doing everything right, except for one thing. She wanted to know if she could slot the query process into […]

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You constantly hear the advice when reading craft books about adding this or that to your Writer’s Toolbox. But do you actually have one? I always pictured it metaphorically until I started using Scrivener. This will be a quick post to show you how I’ve started using Scrivener to organize what I learn. First I […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “I Shall Believe,” by Sheryl Crowe Writing and the Writing Life: Janice Hardy write a great post on verbs you use that imply assumption, but you might not have intended it that way. Seems So: Are Your Characters Making Misleading Assumptions? This post explores the challenges of word choices […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Sally MacLennane” by The Pogues. Writing and the Writing Life: Writing Books is a Lot Like Competing in American Idol Sarah LaPolla takes a look at The Hunger Games and how movies end literary trends. The Trend Games Are you missing opportunities? Putting More Into Your Writing Jody Hedlund explores […]

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I’ve been heavily utilizing AgentQuery Connect to hone my query and synopsis and I highly recommend it. Yesterday, though, I was lurking in some of their forums and saw a post about a new social network called AuthorSalon and decided to check it out. Their tagline is: “Where writers work and network, and where agents […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats Writing and the Writing Life: Dealing with back story in your opening chapter? Linda Clare has some tips: Don’t Look Back: Dealing with Flash Backs Mooderino talks about getting writing advice and how you might be giving or receiving bad advice once a […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Bittersweet Symphony,” by the Verve. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Writing and the Writing Life: Are your characters constantly trying to stand, run, smile? Well did they succeed or not? You could be weakening your prose. Janice Hardy explores this common writer crutch: Do or Do Not. There is No […]

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