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Category: Writing How Tos

A Little of This and That

  No guest blogger this week, instead it’s me. I thought I’d use this space to post an assortment of things. Lots of people ask me about publishing trends. If you know me well, you already know I say not to focus too much on them because they come and go. However, if you’re self publishing,…

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Free Writing Class

  Many of you know I teach online classes exclusively for OIRW which is a chapter of the Romance Writers of America.  I always try to add  new classes each year. I brainstormed ideas for 2020 and came up with the idea of teaching a three month writing retreat where all classes are taught online. Everything…

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How Authors Choose Their Genre

Welcome to guest blogger, Nalini Warriar who tells us why she chose to write romances… Romance novels have a central theme: a happily ever after. The book is about how they get there, overcoming obstacles and resolving conflict. A romance novel delves into the emotional state of the hero and heroine’s mind. A good romance…

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Five Tips for NaNoWriMo

  On Monday, I’ll begin teaching How To Get Ready for NaNoWriMo for the very last time.  The class is going into retirement and eventually into the archived classes over at my Zenler writing school portal. Today, I thought I’d share with you what I think are the top five tips you need to know to stand the…

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A Series of Firsts

Madeline McEwan is back as this week’s guest blogger… This month, September, represents a series of firsts for me:- First visit to New York City, even though we’ve lived in the States for more than two decades. First interstate flight for my two autistic adult sons—they’re coming with us, reluctantly. First book launch for the…

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When One Door Closes…

Judy Penz Sheluk is back again and shares with us a story that illustrates how when one door closes another one opens… It was July 7, and I was enjoying a well-deserved six-week vacation at our camp on Lake Superior when the email arrived in my inbox: my traditional publisher, Barking Rain Press (BRP), announced that…

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Writing Rituals

  Last week, I listened to an interview with an artist who was talking about how to free yourself from a creative block. She gave lots of great tips but one in particular struck a chord with me. Rituals. You’ve heard me mention many times that I didn’t write novels for almost a decade after my…

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Writing for Fun

Today’s guest blogger is Mike Lord who shares with us his writing process and why he decided to self-publish his books… People often ask me when I prefer to write. With me it’s not like that at all: When I think of a story I work out the plot and an outline of the characters…

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The Business of Self Publishing

Last week, I focused on the business side of writing. I had lots of people contact me saying how helpful my tips were and that got me thinking. These days, more writers are choosing to be self publishers…yes, I’m one of them now. Just because you’re doing everything yourself and more in control of what…

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