12 Writing Books I Want to Read


Reading writing books is one of the best ways I have found that helps me improve my writing. My problem is that my list keeps growing and I don’t find (or more honestly, make) the…

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Five Elements of a Story


What makes a great book? A wonderful story that is well-written is the usual answer, but that just sparks another question: what makes a great story? Most often, those who study literature mention the five…

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Giving Indie Authors a Bad Name


Recently I had a conversation with an aspiring author, and she told me what she learned at a writers’ conference she had attended. “Independent authors are basically selling first drafts. They aren’t taking the time…

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How to Write a Book: Point of View


One of the most difficult lessons I struggled with when learning how to write a book was in the area of point of view. In other words, from whose eyes will the reader see the…

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Tips for Writing a Book: Part I


What’s the best tip for writing a book? Write a good one. That’s both harder and easier than it seems. With all the tools and resources of the internet, anyone can publish a book for…

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Tips for Writing and Publishing a Book: Part II


Yesterday’s post listed four of my big mistakes in writing and publishing my first book. Here are five more: Mistake #5: Don’t get lots of feedback Feedback is essential to any writer. Not only can…

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Tips for Writing and Publishing a Book: Part I


While the list of mistakes I made while writing my book is a long one, I can easily pick out the top nine. These are the mistakes that cost me the most in terms of…

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Four Ways to Improve Writing


The Good Book that Could Have Been Great Not too long ago I read a good book that could have been a great one. The story was compelling; the plot mirrored some troubling current events,…

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My Biggest Five Mistakes


When I started writing Beyond the Rapids, I thought my main goal was to write a good book. While I ended up with something that eventually won an award, I could have saved myself a…

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