Writing Craft

When You Know Better, Do Better

One of my favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou: "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." Personally, I think this quote can apply to all areas of my life, both personal and professional. It applies to me as an author who is always learning new things

By |2021-02-11T12:56:04+00:00December 10th, 2020|Categories: Promotion Thursday, Publishing Industry, Writing Craft, Writing Journey|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on When You Know Better, Do Better

Sprinting To “The End” with MOLLY MAKA

With NaNoWriMo  https://nanowrimo.org/ winding down for the month, I’ve been reflecting on how much sprints have saved my life and my word count. I thought I would share a few sources and tips to make sprints work for you. If you aren’t familiar with sprints, here’s what you do: Set a timer for whatever timeframe you

By |2021-02-11T12:56:04+00:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Members, Publishing Industry, Writing Craft, Writing Journey|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sprinting To “The End” with MOLLY MAKA

Life on the Page with Bobbi Groover

Greetings fellow authors! It’s been many months now that we’ve all been inundated with all sorts of news, some good, some bad, some downright frightening.  As a fiction writer, all those bombardments (many of which are out of my control) make me dive into my writing, into a world where I am omnipotent.  I can

By |2021-02-11T12:56:04+00:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Members, News, Publishing Industry, Writing Craft, Writing Journey|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Life on the Page with Bobbi Groover

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

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

Defining Five Historic Women

In my latest release, I tell the story of five sisters who changed history by asking to inherit land in a male-dominated society. I’m sure the daughters of Zelophehad were fearful of upsetting their relatives, and I was fearful of writing their story. How would I bring five characters to life on the page? I

By |2021-02-11T12:56:05+00:00August 19th, 2020|Categories: Writing Craft, Writing Journey|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Defining Five Historic Women

Two Quick Tasks Improve Momentum and Voice

By: Christine DeSmet As a writing instructor and coach, I deal with manuscripts that may have received passes by agents, or are too long, or don’t seem to have a “voice” yet. As a writer, too, I often over-write by 10,000 to 20,000 words in search of my novel’s story. (My cozy mystery/romance manuscripts need

By |2021-02-11T12:58:00+00:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: General, Writing Craft|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to Avoid Writing Burnout When You Write Fiction and Work as a Writer or Editor

Image credit: DepositPhoto Writing fiction is a passion for most authors, who come from all sorts of career fields and backgrounds. At the same time, it’s definitely work, too, to see a story through from start to finish. While there’s plenty to be said for work-life-writing balance in general and also sticking to deadlines when

By |2021-02-11T12:58:00+00:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: General, Writing Craft|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Writing Dialogue That Delights Readers

Best-selling author Stephen King once said, “Good dialogue is a delight to read. Bad dialogue is deadly” (181). As readers, we can readily agree, but if you’re like me, an author intent on improving her craft, you want to know how to write dialogue that is a delight. You’re seeking guided practice—some rules. Here are

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