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Spring Clean Your Writing

Spring Clean Your Writing

At New Year, every writing website seems to be full of people setting writing goals, telling me what goals to set and how to set goals. And then… nothing. Where are the reminders to check in, and the advice for how to stay on track or get back on track? For years, I barely even…

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5 Steps to Improve Your Writing

5 Steps to Improve Your Writing

It is not too late into the year to think about what you can do to improve your writing. Here are five steps to improve your writing: Write every day because practice does make perfect. Even if it is only one hundred words that you end up throwing out. The discipline of writing every day…

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Staying Inspired

Staying Inspired

Sometimes keeping the writing engines revving is all about staying inspired. Lately I have been attempting to dip my toes into the pool of finding an agent. The process is a bit harsh to one’s self esteem, and I found myself going back to my finished novel and examining and reexamining it for flaws. This…

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Before You Submit

Before You Submit

“Use Grammarly for online proofreading because you want readers to be entertained by your story, not your typos.” Since last September, I have been a fiction reader at a literary magazine run by the Graduate English Program at Florida State University. We receive hundreds of submissions and those submissions are divvied up amongst different readers…

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Writing Spaces and Places

What are your favorite writing spaces?

I read a lot about the different writing spaces and places that writers choose, and I have a love-hate relationship with articles about writers’ desks and offices. On the one hand, I enjoy seeing the spaces where creative work happens. I am intrigued by the variety of surroundings people choose as their writing places: huge…

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Lost in Translation

The hardest part of writing is getting the story from inside my head and onto the paper. For the most part, the story is very clear in my mind. The book I want to write plays out like a movie reel in my head: there is a beginning, a middle and an end. But sometimes…

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How to Create Good Dialogue

How to Create Good Dialogue

Recently I have been obsessed with dialogue and how to create good dialogue. When I say “good” I mean creating dialogue that moves the story ahead, that has a purpose rather than just taking up space. Part of this new found obsession is because I have dived back into graphic novels. I really enjoy reading…

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Writing Romance

Writing Romance

Writing romance is, in my view, a much underrated pastime. I read, and write, all kinds of genres, but most of all I love writing romance. For me, there is nothing like the satisfaction of dragging your hero and heroine kicking and screaming through the trials and tribulations of a tempestuous relationship to arrive at…

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Discipline

Discipline

Sometimes, I find it hard to be disciplined about writing, especially when I am busy with work and family. I realize that if I want to make the jump from amateur to professional, then I better pull myself together, buckle down and get the work done. Discipline takes practice and perseverance. You can have all…

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4 Goals Not to Make

4 Goals Not to Make

It is a new year! New goals and new goals-in-the-making (dreams). If you are like me, you have made several resolutions for this year. It is the second month and time to reevaluate some of your resolutions. The key is that you want attainable, perhaps difficult to attain, goals. However, you do not want to…

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