Category Archives: Writing Resources

Win, Win, Win! Stuff Your Stocking With Writerly Goodies

Becca and I love the holiday season–everything is colorful and cheery, the house is filled with cinnamon and ginger as we flex up our baking muscles, and we get to take time to tell you just what you mean to … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Triage Center: Helping You Get To 50K

There you are, happily pounding out words, the click and rattle of the keyboard creating a musical symphony in your writing space. And then…it happens. Your mind goes blank. At first, you don’t understand. You stare at your fingers. Why … Continue reading

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Inside One Stop For Writers: Our Descriptive Thesaurus Collections

A Closer Looks at Our Descriptive Thesaurus Collections As some of you know, the heart of One Stop For Writers is our signature Descriptive Thesaurus Collection. Visitors to this blog (and The Bookshelf Muse before it) have watched Becca and … Continue reading

Posted in Description, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Mood and Atmosphere, One Stop For Writers, Positive & Negative Thesaurus Guides, Setting, Show Don't Tell, Subtext, Uncategorized, Writing Resources | 17 Comments

Unique Writing Resources: Helpful Checklists and Tip Sheets

Writing Checklist Nirvana As the “marketing department” of our little merry band at One Stop For Writers, I created a bunch of imaged-based sharables that provide good value to writers: an assortment of checklists and tip sheets on different areas … Continue reading

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Mastering Words: Ways to Evolve as a Writer

Each day, we seek to put our best foot forward. We shower, dress for the day’s activities, style our hair. We plan, organize, gather our things, and check the mirror before leaving, making sure to pluck stray fluff off our … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Critique Groups, Focus, Reading, Time Management, Writer's Attitude, Writing Craft, Writing Groups, Writing Lessons, Writing Resources, Writing Time | 20 Comments

Using a Critique Checklist, or, How Not to Look Like a Twit

When writers ask me for advice, the first thing I emphasize is the importance of finding a critique group or partners. These support systems are invaluable for adding the objectivity we lack and helping us see where our work needs … Continue reading

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Plan Ahead With The HiveWord Writing Tool

You guys know me…I sort of have a thing for writing tools. I love to find & share them with writers. One that I keep right in my toolbar is the Writer’s Knowledge Base, a search engine for writers. Yep, … 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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NEW Writing Resource: Writing Grief in Fiction

Hi everyone! Today I’m welcoming my good friend Denise Jaden, author of Losing Faith and Never Enough (Simon Pulse), two very powerful contemporary Young Adult novels. I am thrilled to be able to share the news (and the cover) of … Continue reading

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The Plot Whisperer: Benefits of Plotting in Scenes

I am triple-fudge-sundae excited to welcome Martha Alderson (aka The PLOT WHISPERER) to The Bookshelf Muse as she sends The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories off into the world. This workbook is a companion … Continue reading

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