Why Write?


  When I was three, my mother gave me one of the best gifts anyone has ever given me. That gift was the ability to learn to read. This gift opened up the world of…

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Distractions, Real and Imagined

Working Schedule

So it’s January 10. I’m still not in the work groove. Not for lack of intending to. I wish I could say I’ve been trying. That’s true, sort of. This should be me: Instead, this…

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Seven Ways to Get the Most From Your Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter

Hiring a ghostwriter can be one of the best decisions you ever made. Then again, it can become a horrifying experience, for both of you. Your ghostwriter speaks for you, putting your ideas out there,…

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The Worst Mistake a Novelist Can Make

Broken shoes

I’ve read all kinds of books and blog posts that tell me how to be a better writer. Show, don’t tell. Cut out adverbs. Don’t give too much backstory. But give enough so the reader…

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How to Define Your Ideal Reader When You’re Just Getting Started

crowd

Nearly every article I read about marketing books starts with the same idea: identify your ideal reader. Which makes sense. If we have a picture in our minds of who our ideal reader is, we…

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Seven Best Blogging Tools for Writers

Tired Person

(Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on a link and buy a product, I get a small commission. There is no change to the price you…

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Anne With an E: Right Story, Wrong Theme


  Netflix recently premiered a remake of one of my long-time favorites with its version of Anne of Green Gables, titled Anne with an E. At first I was mesmerized. Some of the casting was…

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Nine Plot Twist Ideas

Plot Twist Ideas

One of my go-to drinks when I don’t really want to drink is club soda with a twist of lime. It’s refreshing and low calorie. Best of all, it looks enough like a vodka and…

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10 Awesome Blogs for Writers

Top Blogs for Writers

Most of the other indie authors I’ve met didn’t major in English Lit in college. Fewer started life intending to be writers. Somehow along the way, our gift demanded to be used and here we…

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Story Ideas are All Around


Have you ever been stuck for a story idea?  It happens to all of us. But it doesn’t have to. Story ideas are literally all around us. Sometimes we just can’t see them. But they…

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