A Mixed Bag of Writing Tips


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As some of you may have heard, tomorrow is the day that Angela and I open up our BIG RED CHRISTMAS BAG of holiday fun!

Leading up to this Very Merry Brouhaha, we’re donning our Santa duds and liberally spreading some writing-related Christmas cheer at some of our favorite writers’ blogs.

Angela is at Jane Friedman’s blog, sharing the ins and outs of creating a business plan. This was a hugely important endeavor for us; our business plan has been critical in helping us zero in on our goals and stick to them. I had the pleasure of reading Angela’s post beforehand and, believe me, you don’t want to miss it.

As for me, I’m at Jody Hedlund’s site, talking about quirks. You know: Robert Barrone and his chin-touching food ritual; my husband, who cracks open the oven door five minutes before my roast is done so the heat won’t be wasted in winter. Quirks. We’ve all got ‘em. Today, I’m sharing some tips on how to use them to reveal your character’s personality. There will also be a giveaway :).

I’m also dropping in on Susan Quinn to discuss the difference between primary and secondary traits for your character and how to effectively show them to the reader. And…another copy of the Positive Trait Thesaurus is up for grabs!

So Ho Ho Ho, people. And don’t forget to pop in tomorrow for THE GREAT CHRISTMAS UNVEILING!

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8 Responses to A Mixed Bag of Writing Tips

  1. I read them. They were delivered to my inbox. :-) I love the part about using them sparingly. And I thought The 7-Step Business Plan for Writers was amazing. Writers from yesteryear didn’t have to worry about all this stuff. Did they?

    • No, they didn’t. On one hand, it’s frustrating; I’d like to sit in my cave and write all day and not have to worry about the finances and marketing and promo part of the business. On the other hand, having the option now to take charge of everything gives us so many opportunities that writers of yesteryear didn’t have. All in all, I’m grateful to be living in the here and now. (Someone remind me of this when it’s time to balance the checkbook…)

  2. The Emotional Thesaurus is always next to my computer. I’ve also ordered your last two books.
    Do you ever reblog from other bloggers? You might be interested in some of my posts on my blog (under writing).
    Happy Holidays to both of you.

    • Carol, so glad the ET is a big help–i hope you find the new ones just as helpful! Let us know how it goes. :)

      As for reblogs, we prefer fresh content, but anyone can contact us with a post idea by using our form linked under “guest posts.” We are always interested in unique posts on writing topics not often explored online, with strong takeaways for readers to use and apply.

  3. Bish Denham says:

    I read you’re post of quirks… now I have to get on over to read what Angela has to say!

  4. You ladies are busy. I downloaded both your new books and am excited to use them!

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