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Getting Ready for the Magic

Writing a fast first draft is cause for celebration. As my friend and sometime coaching partner, Lynda McDaniel, says, “Editing is where the magic happens.” So for me, the trick is to create a workable, fixable, adjustable first draft as quickly as possible, so I can invite the magic in. Although no single method to

By |2021-08-18T13:44:03+00:00August 18th, 2021|Categories: Writing Craft|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Getting Ready for the Magic

The 1st Draft Fairy Godmother

Wouldn’t it be great if you had your own writer fairy godmother? If there’s a way to transform a pumpkin into a carriage for Cinderella, it’s not asking too much for some assistance in the depths of editing despair. Confession—there is no magic wand to turn a messy first draft of your work in progress

By |2021-06-16T12:17:03+00:00June 16th, 2021|Categories: Writing Craft|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The 1st Draft Fairy Godmother

Give Your Manuscript a Professional Shine

There’s no disadvantage to being an unpublished author—agents and editors love them—but it never hurts to look like you know what you are doing. I’ve compiled a list of things I wish I had known before I started submitting. These are style and formatting notes that will make your final draft appear more polished. Some

By |2021-05-19T13:43:34+00:00May 19th, 2021|Categories: Tutorials, Writing Craft|Tags: , |0 Comments

More than Just Comic Relief, Critters Can Deepen Your Fiction (and Your Life)

If you’re like me, pets are a big part of your life. Especially during these days of enforced semi-isolation, they keep us company and semi-normal and sane. I got sick on 4/9/21 and tested positive for Covid-19, despite working from home for a year and never going anywhere without a mask. Being surrounded by fur

By |2021-04-21T13:21:39+00:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Let’s Keep Plugging Away! Together!

I’m new to this writing profession. That’s only partially true – I have two nonfiction books in print that I like to say are Limited Editions. They are. I wrote them when I had other careers. So, unless you are interested in Demystifying Leadership, or A Reflective Journey – Connecting Your Head, Heart, Spirit and

By |2021-02-11T12:56:04+00:00October 28th, 2020|Categories: Members|Tags: |Comments Off on Let’s Keep Plugging Away! Together!

Seeking the HEART of Your Brand

Brand means many things to many people--your book covers showing the same colors and fonts, your chosen sub-genre of romance: romantic suspense, inspirational, LGBT, paranormal, etc. and the all-important Voice.  But what about the “magic” that happens when a reader picks up your book and “connects” with you through it? When this happens, you’ve gained

By |2021-02-11T12:56:04+00:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: Writing Craft|Tags: , |Comments Off on Seeking the HEART of Your Brand

Get The Most Out of Your WisRWA Membership

Are you getting the most out of your WisRWA membership? Here is a list of the current benefits WisRWA provides for members.   Monthly Area Meetings We currently have two active areas (Wausau and Greater Green Bay) and are working to find an area contact for the Milwaukee group. Members are invited to attend any

By |2021-02-11T12:56:04+00:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: General, Meetings, Members, Programs|Comments Off on Get The Most Out of Your WisRWA Membership

Here An Arc, There An Arc…

From the day I started writing fiction, I’ve heard about the critical importance of character arcs, which for the sake of brevity we can think of as a journey of change. It’s almost a mantra: Major characters must change. I recently took an online class with author Kathryn Craft that focused on character arcs. (Raiders

By |2021-02-11T12:56:04+00:00September 16th, 2020|Categories: Writing Craft|Tags: , |Comments Off on Here An Arc, There An Arc…

Reading from the Outside

I love writing classes. They so often offer unexpected surprises. I’d like to share a tip from a recent class that made an impact on me. Veronia Rossi talked about revision. She said read your work and look for the sentences that are vague and general. They’re missing specifics. They’re using a phrase you’ve read

By |2021-02-11T12:56:04+00:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Writing Craft|Tags: , |Comments Off on Reading from the Outside
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