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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The Theme of the Story and What it Does


  Remember how lots of stories ended with the phrase, “and the moral of the story is…” We don’t hear much of that anymore. But the moral was the thing you were supposed to remember,…

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Story Writing


  Writing a story isn’t as simple as it seems. I realized this when I tried to follow of the writing advice I’d been given. Write a short story, I was told. You’ll learn a…

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[VIDEO] How to Write an Award Winning Novel


We’d all love that, wouldn’t we? Writing an award-winning novel. And not just any award, but a prestigious one. Here’s a little video with a seven step guide. Some of these made a lot of…

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Fresh Book Marketing Ideas


Any of us who write know the challenge of marketing our books. Not only are there literally millions of books available via sellers like Amazon, but the prices have gone down. Way down. Now eBooks…

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Planning a Novel: A New Use for Spreadsheets


Everyone’s got their own idea on how to write a novel. Some writers say they just let their muse take them down whatever path it desires. They let their imagination roam, creativity soar, and permit…

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Knowing Your Why


Why we do something is as important as knowing how to do it if we’re ever going to finish. Starting a project is exciting, like falling in love. When I start something new, all kinds…

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5 Ways to Overcome Procrastination


Procrastination.   I know I’ve been fighting it the past few days. And I’m learning that overcoming procrastination isn’t as simple as telling myself to get to work.   Instead, I find myself flitting from…

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3 Ways to Use the Power of Story


  Who doesn’t love a story? Parents use them to amuse children. Speakers use them to illustrate a point. Politicians use them to sway people to vote for them. Great literature should first entertain. But…

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Revising a Novel


  Writing a novel is like making a fine wine, so they say. You need to give it some time to develop. So far I’ve been following that advice, now that I’m entering the fourth…

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