Category Archives: Focus

How To Mine Your Dreams For Story Gold

We’ve all experienced it…the curtain to consciousness opening, and with it, the realization that the best story idea we’ve ever had is carefully unraveling with each passing second into wakefulness. We grab something–anything–and start writing down a the images, thoughts, … Continue reading

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8 Tips to Get Your Manuscript to the Finish Line

How many of you have “shiny syndrome?” You know, when you start writing a novel but are derailed the second a new idea blooms in your brain. Or you become hobbled by the dreaded “isuckitis” as your Internal Editor yammers … Continue reading

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Gameification and Writing: The Power of Reinforcement

Before writing became a job, it was a hobby. And before writing became a hobby, I spent most of my free time gaming. My husband and I played EQ for years. We even went to a few of the conventions, … Continue reading

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An MFA in WRITING: Marissa Graff’s Top 4 Lessons From Semester One

If you are a career writer, chances are at some point you’ve wondered if you should invest in a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) for Writing. Marissa Graff is a Young Adult writer and good friend of mine who decided … Continue reading

Posted in Focus, Guest Post, Publishing and Self Publishing, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Time | 36 Comments

Death by Comparison

I’m kind of a classic rock geek aficionado, so one of my favorite shows is VH1’s Behind The Music. I think I’ve seen every episode. I remember one a long time ago about Dokken—which may prompt many of you to … Continue reading

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K.M.Weiland: 10 Lessons From a Completed Novel

I’m honored to have one of my favorite people joining us on the blog today–K.M. Weiland. I think of her as The Queen Of The Outline! She offers her thoughts on all things writing on her blog Word Play and … Continue reading

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Margie Lawson Extravaganza (Part 2!)

When I found out the awesome and talented Melinda Collins was headed off to Colorado to attend  Margie Lawson’s Immersion Master Class, I absolutely had to convince her to swing by and tell us about the experience afterward. Of course, … Continue reading

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Do You Need a Social Media Intervention?

It’s drilled into us by the Publishing Powers That Be: platform, platform, platform. Embrace Social Media. Blog. Get on twitter. Engage. Network. Connect. Start early, think ahead, get a platform in place before the deal. And because we want to … Continue reading

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No Apologies

I recently got a(nother) rejection for one of my manuscripts. I’ve really struggled with this one because of all my stories, it’s the one that I feel is the most ready to hit the shelves. Yet it gets no love, … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Conquering Impatience

Recently my blogging chum Shannon O’Donnell posted about how important certain virtues are for people on the writing path. We must have the courage to write and put ourselves out there, we must find the fortitude needed to persevere. The … Continue reading

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