Show and Tell

     So…every writer faces the difficulties of showing action through their writing versus telling.  I venture to say that most blogs about writing have a post or two or twenty about this topic.  That in itself is comforting, because you know you’re not alone and even the best writers probably have to go back and […]

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Writing Like A Ninja

     So….I’ve learned a lot over the last couple of months.  I’ve read blogs of aspiring authors and blogs of published authors.  I’ve read how-to-write-a-novel books, and slews of other instructional finds on the methods of finer writing.  I’ve read interviews with literary agents and publishers and editors. I’ve been inhaling books like oxygen and […]

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Quantity Vs. Quality

My writing goal for yesterday was 1,000 words.  Did I meet that goal?  Well…..yes and no.  I did write 1,000 words, but by the time I finished editing it, I was down to 640.  Thus the question….Should writers focus on quantity or quality???  For me, the answer will always be quality.  The number is a goal.  […]

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The Waistline Test….Put Your Writing On A Diet

If you haven’t visited this site, I recommend it!!  You can copy and paste your writing into The Waistline Test and it will rate your work by counting percentages of words in five categories that often give writer’s some difficulty: weak verbs, abstract nouns, adjectives/adverbs, waste words and prepositions.Each word in your sample that fits […]

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Goal for the Day

I said I was going would post my goals from now on….so here’s today’s: Write 1,000 QUALITY words….. Okay…I know that doesn’t sound like a lot much and it really isn’t, considering my novel will have approximately 90,000 words when completed, but there’s a lot more to this than most people realize.  EVERY SINGLE WORD […]

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Writers: Know Your Characters

     One of the first steps in writing a novel is deciding the amazing people that will carry your story.       This decision is much more involved than it may seem.  Characters evolve in different ways for different writers, some are created from scratch through careful planning and some create themselves.  They pop into your […]

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Finding Inspiration

A Guest Post for Hallie Sawyer As I was deciding what to write in this post for Hallie, I decided to take a closer look at her blog to get to know her better. I read each post and laughed at the number of things she said that paralleled my own life, and I found […]

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Want To Be A Writer?…Here’s A Few Things To Expect

          Okay….now I realize I probably know about .0001% about what being a writer actually entails, but this is what I’ve discovered so far: First….you must be prepared to wake at all hours of the night to jot down entire paragraphs that possess you randomly while you make an attempt to sleep. Second….be prepared to […]

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