Category Archives: One Stop For Writers

Describing Your Character: How To Make Each Detail Count

Describing a character’s physical appearance is a tough job. Most writers either really get into it and share every dimple, curl, and laugh line, or they sprinkle in just a few details so readers can make up the rest. No … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays: Our Most Popular 2016 Posts For Writers

It’s that time of year where Becca and I sneak off to the liquor cabinet for some adult beverages to drink some rich hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire so we can enjoy some family togetherness and reflect … Continue reading

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5 NaNoWriMo Hacks To Keep Words Flowing

Looking for One Stop For Writer’s 50% off Your first month coupon? Just scroll down! It’s hard to believe but NaNoWriMo is almost here. Becca and I won’t be participating officially, but our November definitely includes putting miles on our … Continue reading

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One Stop for Writers is Now One Year Old!

You guys can’t tell through the screen, but Becca, Lee, and I are grinning like crazy today. A year ago, we cut the ribbon and flung open the doors to One Stop For Writers, a site that took a ton … Continue reading

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Struggle With Show, Don’t Tell? Try This Ultimate Description Toolkit

Today I’m sharing some amazing tools as part of Verbaleyze’s  My Writing Toolkit event, in hopes you might find some new weapons in the battle for strong, compelling description. For those not familiar with VerbalEyze, they are a 501(c)3 nonprofit … Continue reading

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The One Stop For Writers® Library Is Evolving

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted an update regarding One Stop For Writers® for some time, so thought I’d do one now. For those of you who don’t know about this little adventure, One Stop For Writers is a one-of-a-kind online … Continue reading

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What’s One Of The Best Ways To Reach Your Readers?

Hi Everyone! As many of you know, in addition to blogging about everything writing, I also have a passion for marketing (the good kind, not the shout-y “Buy My Book!” stuff). I know this is an area of struggle for … Continue reading

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How To Share Your Protagonist’s Deepest Feelings With Readers

As writers know, the goal of any book is to make the reader FEEL. We want them to empathize with our characters, feel pulled in by the events and become immersed in the story. When a reader’s experience is emotional, … Continue reading

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Friends as Enemies

One thing that Angela and I discovered time and again as we put the Rural and Urban Setting Thesaurus books together is just how influential the setting is on a story. Setting has its collective fingers in a lot of … Continue reading

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The Emotion Roller Coaster: Why Characters Resist Change

I’m reading this fascinating book right now about the human brain (yes, really!) that details how our gray matter works, and how we can evolve ourselves through concentrated intention and awareness. One of the terrific nuggets is the belief that … Continue reading

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