You can embrace your creative drive!

You can embrace your creative drive!

You can embrace your creative drive!

How Kim got her creative drive My first real book was published when I was in my forties. Somewhere between grade school and the mid-life crisis, I became a real writer. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN? Well, first of all you have to answer in the affirmative to that creative urge-that nudge that says, “Hey, why not?” For me, I perused book stores like a homeless person eyes shelters. I needed books. I needed the escapism it offered. I was a writer who was fighting off the writing urge. But don’t do like I did. Don’t fight it!  Read books.

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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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Weekly Linky List

Weekly Linky List

Welcome to THE LIST – my once weekly curation of sites for writers of all stages. I hope this is helping you guys. Be sure to look for my books under the tab up above, and please remember to fan, follow, and subscribe to my PODCAST SITE on iTunes and Youtube. Here is the latest in new and tips, tools, and things you can use in your writing life. THE LIST LIVE WRITE THRIVE – Using Archetypes http://www.livewritethrive.com/2016/10/31/using-archetypes-to-create-powerful-characters-in-your-fiction/ PETER REY – Using Sterotypes http://peterrey.com/stereotypes-in-books-writing-myths-debunked/ BOOKWORKS – 5 Great Word Processing Tools https://bookworksblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/5-great-word-processing-tools-for-writing-your-novel/  KATE TILTON – Writing and Emotion http://katetilton.com/writing-emotion-swaying-readers-dose-real-life/ FIX MY STORY

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5 Writing Errors You Need to Kill

5 Writing Errors You Need to Kill

Have you ever witnessed errors in a book and wondered how on earth that passed through the editing process? I have, and it was not only in a big-time published book, it has been in my own work as well. No matter how you go through editing, revisions, editing, revisions, sometimes typos come up. It happens. But there are a few things that SHOULDN’T happen in your work, no matter what genre you write in or how many books you have already put on the shelf. These errors just shouldn’t be allowed to exist. Stab ’em to death. Here are

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Con week : Getting ready to go

Con Week! Are you ready yet? I love creatives and cons, so this week I am a happy writer. So, this is going to be my last post until I am in Louisville, KY at the convention. Oh, Imaginarium, you are calling my name. I simply cannot wait. I guess I had better get my bag packed, huh? That is the last thing I do. I never pack until right before I am about to leave. I am afraid I will need something out of the bag, so I wait. Haven’t really forgotten anything yet. But this is only my second

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