Madness : The Whiteboard, Part Twelve

Madness : The Whiteboard, Part Twelve

Madness : The Whiteboard, Part Twelve

The Whiteboard part eleven can be found HERE Welcome friends and fans! I am about to dump part twelve down here, but first, I found several typos in part eleven. I fixed them (what I saw) and wondered why you guys didn’t blast me about them. Don’t ever fear telling me I made mistakes. I sometimes write this blog very early in the morning and yes, my brain is not awake yet. So, let me know when you find issues. Okay, so here ya go…and yes, there is an END to this — MADNESS! The Whiteboard, part 12 © by

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How to steal like the great writers do

How to steal like the great writers do

Steal stuff Something a lot of writers are doing right now is asking themselves what they should do about a story they are stuck on. Well, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. What does this mean exactly? Idea theft.  Read a lot of books by authors you like and respect. Figure out how they do what they do that appeals to you and go and do likewise. Listen to others tell their stories, let your muse poke you and give you an idea on how you could tell a similar one with your own spin. Word theft. There are

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Introducing the LIST : a once a week listing for writers

Introducing the LIST : a once a week listing for writers

The list – and not the mailing list either- is a great idea for any blog. Now that Halloween is over and everyone is pointing their noses toward the big eating day, Thanksgiving, I am starting a new feature here on the blog. I decided some time ago that one of the features that I love most about podcasts and blogs that I visit is how the hosts and hostesses are so free with the information that they share. We all love news and tips from  the industry, right? Only recently, one of my favs stopped curating the sites, which

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Passion and talent equal creative freedom

Passion and talent equal creative freedom

Yes. Indeed. Passion and talent definitely does equal creative freedom for many people. I am a book lover, blogger, coffee addict, dreamer, ever-positive, Facebook Junkie, girly girl, who is mostly always happy and inspired to do something with her life. Oh yeah, and I am a writer. A published author. A speaker on subjects close to my heart like writing. There. My very own personal statement. I feel inspired to talk about me today. What am I doing? Where am I going. You have been forewarned. So, first let me bring you up to speed on my past history. I

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How to Write: the first page

It’s day three of our How to Write series! How are you feeling? Pumped? Motivated? Ready to shake up the writing world and get something started? We’ve already covered nailing your blurb, characters, and first line, and how to create a super-interesting first paragraph, and today it’s all about getting yourself off your butt to lengthen it and make it into a first page. It is not too late! Now, there are a heap of places on the Internet that talk about what a good first page is all about. You could spend HOURS looking and learning everyone’s opinion on

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