Category Archives: Writing Time

When Your Writing Routine Goes Poof

I’m an easily distracted person. In order to write productively, I need a private space with no voices, few interruptions, and a view—because, let’s be honest, when you spend a large portion of your writing time staring out the window, you … Continue reading

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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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Getting Quiet and Letting Go of Expectations

One of the hardest parts of writing fiction for me is the getting started part. Every time I sit down to write, it takes a good twenty to thirty minutes to find a groove. Which is frustrating when you’ve only … 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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Amazing Racers Wanted: Will You Help Us?

Well, it’s that time again! Becca and I are creeping up on our double book launch for The Positive Trait  and Negative Trait Thesaurus Books (October 21st!) and are once again taking on a SPECIAL PROJECT to celebrate. As you … 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

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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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6-1/2 Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo

For many of you, NaNoWriMo is in full swing. Some of you are proud of your progress. Some of you would like to wipe out your hard drive to get rid of every shred of evidence. Despite being a huge … Continue reading

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