Writing questions-jump on board!

Writing questions-jump on board!

Good day mates! It’s a cool 70 degrees this morning, and I am in my writing chair. The problem is – wait for it – PLOT. I cannot for the life of me figure out this plot. It started out with a plan and a resolution, but once I began writing it, the darn thing went off in a strange direction and now I cannot wrangle it back into the fold. It’s so concrete. A mystery should be a mystery and anything else thrown in is just noise. Well, this one has a lot of noise. Mainly Shannon Wallace and

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Creating art and its fluidity

Creating art and its fluidity

Art creation can take many forms. For instance, I know  an artist who is also a gifted actor. Many literary people have started out being visual artists first, and most still are. But writing is a fickle thing. Most of us get the guilties if we do something ASIDE from writing that is anywhere close to creating art. Well, with the exception of me and those like me who love to draw but really truly suck at it. I often draw and color to make my brain get into a certain mode where writing is easiest. I can doodle my

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Self-edit: Quick tips for everything

Self-edit: Quick tips for everything

Self-editing is hard. But finding out you need to self-edit is not hard at all. Take my last post for instance…I just reread it this morning and found all manner of issues with it, which makes me mad at myself, but there it is. Honestly in all its glory. But the point of this post is to say, we SHOULD self-edit. We should not subject our readers to anything less than perfect. Published posts, published books, stories, etc. SHOULD be self-edited (and of course, professionally edited when appropriate), not in its raw form. I apologize. Writing is self-editing. My Teaser

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Editing: The second pass of your WIP

Editing: The second pass of your WIP

Editing your novel: What’s next? When I finished the first draft of the current book I am writing, I thought ‘oh boy!’ – time to celebrate! But no…not really. This is rest time…time to let it sit and jell. But it is also time to realize how much more needs to be done. Editing. Yeah boy. When I edit, I read over what I have written and consider if it is put clearly, and in the exact way I MEANT it to be. It’s very easy to overlook stupid writing when you are first typing it out. But that’s what

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EBOOK SERIES: Inside the book

So, this is a continuation of part three of my series about crafting an ebook. You can read part1 here, part 2 here and the first half of part three here. After you have your figured out your outline, the font face, font size, and setup of your ebook, you’re ready to hit the ground running. If you know who your audience is, you will understand a lot more about how to write your ebook. Is the reader you are targeting a 30-something who has recently started a business (non-fic writers) or maybe a stay at home mother who loves

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