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7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block

Finally, you have some free time to write! You sit down, put your hands on the keyboard anndddd … nothing. Hmmm, that’s funny. You reposition yourself in your seat and try again. Still nothing. I could use my imagination and try to guess what happens next—maybe there’s a few expletives or some crumpled up sheets of paper. Regardless of what actually ensues, frustration certainly sets in.   I didn’t actually poll the entire population of the world, but I’m pretty confident every … [Read more...]

Edit Before Editing: Why the End Is Only the Beginning

After pouring out pages of your creative sweat and tears, you finally type every writer’s favorite closing words:   THE END   Your book manuscript is now ready to submit to your editor, right? Not quite … It’s time to switch out your writer’s hat and think like an editor. Don’t fear the editor’s hat! We aren’t the evil destroyers of your creative dreams with our red pen markups and detailed comments. Editors want to help your book dream become a reality and we are … [Read more...]

Find Your Way: Writing Warm-Ups

I'm sitting at my kitchen table agonizing over how to start this blog post. I've been sipping coffee, nibbling on some breakfast, petting my dog as he sits on my foot, and racking my brain for any sort of inspiration. Most noticeably, I'm not writing.   My irritation is very apparent. When I sit to write and can't, I go temporarily insane with frustration. It gets dramatic and loud as I angrily start slamming "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" into my keyboard just to get … [Read more...]

Building Character(s)

Creating compelling characters for your manuscript can be a daunting task. In order to retain your reader’s interest, you must craft interesting, full-bodied characters. New York Times best-selling author Kathleen Grissom (The Kitchen House, Glory Over Everything) emphatically believes that her characters make themselves known to her, and they “tell” her what to write about them. All writers are not that fortunate, so when creating the essential people in your work, think about the character as … [Read more...]

Writing an Outline: Is it important?

Outlines have been ingrained in the writing process ever since the first great story was written. As years passed, many authors consider a question as they develop as a writer; is writing an outline important? Some authors would argue that outlining a story goes against the organic nature of narrative writing, but others will argue that writing an outline allows for a fully fleshed out story with a coherent plot. There is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on your writing style. If you … [Read more...]

5 Time Management Tips for Authors

One of the hardest hurdles authors face when writing a book is time management, and sometimes authors go through the writing process wondering when they can find the time to sit down and write.  This issue usually comes up most often with authors that may have other jobs, but time management problems are universal for everyone.  At one point or another everyone has had an issue with managing their time, regardless of how well they plan out their day.  Some people may not have developed their … [Read more...]

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