Category Archives: Guest Post

Why Scripts Are Rejected: 10 Screenwriting Errors To Avoid

We’re going to throw something different into the mix today: a post about screenwriting mistakes. This is an important post for all writers to read, including novelists, because the same advice can easily be translated to your fiction stories as … Continue reading

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Twitter…for Research?

A long time ago, I wrote a children’s manuscript called Peculiar Plants. It was all about weird little shrubberies that did things that other plants don’t do. Most of them were rare, growing only in a small patch somewhere on the … Continue reading

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Mastering the Art of the Cliffhanger Chapter Ending

People are always talking about how important it is to keep the reader interested. Retain their interest. Keep them turning pages all the way until the end. One way to do this, I keep hearing, is though the cliffhanger chapter … Continue reading

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How to Decide How Many POV Characters Our Book Needs

Becca and I see certain questions pop up in our email boxes over and over, and one that always comes up during NaNoWriMo season is the question of how many POVs a novel should have. Like so many questions, this … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Guest Post, Point of View, Uncategorized | 20 Comments

The Fatal Flaw of Underwriting

Hi everyone–I hope you had a terrific weekend and are in the mood to learn. Today I’m handing over the blog keys to Rachel Starr Thomson, one of the editors who have jointly written 5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws … Continue reading

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Dream Up A Great Book Idea & Make Something Of It

Hi everyone! Before we get into today’s post, let me just say that Becca is over at Positive Writer today, talking about how a business plan can help writers with their day-to-day decision making. As our careers develop, we get more … Continue reading

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You vs. Yourself: Defeating the Self-Doubt Slump

Sometimes, amidst the excitement of a new project and a new season, worries creep in and threaten to steal our joy. Can I do this? What makes me think I’m qualified? Will I have the time? What if I fail? No one … Continue reading

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The Importance of Psychological Development in Character Growth

I learn so much from every thesaurus that we write. If there’s one thing I’ve gleaned from our Negative and Positive Trait Thesaurus books, along with our current Emotional Wounds Thesaurus, is that, like real people, each character is different. Some may be … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Needs, Character Flaws, Character Wound, Characters, Emotion, Guest Post, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 20 Comments

5 Tips for Success as a Self-Published Author

We are so excited to have Susan Kaye Quinn here today, and the topic is very appropriate. Why do you ask? Because Susan is a great success as an indie-published author. She was a frontrunner in many ways for young … Continue reading

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Writers as Project Managers

I’m kind of an organization/planning freak. I love lists, schedules, containers, and calendars. As a matter of fact, I have 3 separate calendars on my desk right now: one for the family, one for work, and one for my upcoming … Continue reading

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