Category Archives: Focus

All-Important Considerations When Crafting a Scene

Pleased to welcome C.S. Lakin back to the blog for a tremendously helpful post on what to keep in the front of your mind when crafting a scene. Read on and bookmark this great list! Anyone who says writing a … Continue reading

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Start Your Writing Year Right!

Happy New Year, everyone! We are so excited to see what 2019 will bring. Perhaps this year is a bit more exciting for us as we have a book launch happening soon and a unbelievable new tool coming to our … Continue reading

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How Writers Are Part of a Humanitarian Chain

As we head toward the end of the year, I find myself thinking more about what writers do and the opportunity that arises every time we settle our fingers on the keyboard. Beyond the words and flow of the story … Continue reading

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How to Power Through the 30k Slump During NaNoWriMo

Happy Thanksgiving, US Friends! Today we’ve got a goldmine of ideas for those brave NaNoWriMo souls who feel a bit sluggish heading into the final third of your novel. Please welcome Savannah Cordova from one of our favorite sites: Reedsy! … Continue reading

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Two Great Tools To Help You Win NaNoWriMo

Everyone ready for NaNoWriMo? I won’t lie, I am super envious of all you NaNo Warriors. I love this event and the creativity that comes from it. How I wish I could join in the fun…but it’s not in the … Continue reading

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Representation in Literature: Why It’s Important & How To Handle It

Happy to welcome Deborah Dixon, a passionate author, editor, and racial justice activist to talk a bit on Representation in Literature, a topic of importance and something I think many of us want to understand better so we can encourage … Continue reading

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On The Quest for Knowledge, Writers Must Show Courage

When we step onto the writing path, we know there will be a lot to learn. We see the mountain ahead and sure, it’s intimidating. But hey, we’re head over heels for story, in love with the author’s dream, and … Continue reading

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Can Writers Get an MFA Experience Without the Expense of College?

In many ways, writers are lucky. Our community has many knowledgeable people to help us learn and grow so we can turn our writing into a sustainable career. One of the most generous and innovative people Becca and I know … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing & Critiques, Experiments, Focus, Guest Post, Motivational, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reading, The Business of Writing, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Craft, Writing Groups, Writing Resources, Writing Time | 8 Comments

Five Ways to Prepare for an Encore Career as a Writer

It’s a daunting proposition…nearing retirement and trying to make the call if we’re ready to jump into a new career as a writer, especially knowing the tremendous work ahead to become a powerful storyteller. And yet, many courageous people do … Continue reading

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Build Your Writing Career By Investing In the Right Help

One question we are asked to weigh in on is whether an MFA in creative writing is worth the investment. After all, an MFA is a huge commitment and can be costly so writers should investigate thoroughly before jumping in. … Continue reading

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