Category Archives: Reading

What “Read More to Improve Your Writing” Really Means

Everyone says you should read a lot if you want to improve your writing. A blanket statement if ever I heard one.  Anyone can read. There are readers out there consuming 100, 200, and even more books a year. You … Continue reading

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Celebrating Writer Moms (with a 50% Book Bundle Discount!)

You have a mom. We have moms. Some of us have moms we’ve adopted or who have adopted us. And we all know others who are great moms, people we admire, look up to, and try to emulate. And then … Continue reading

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Goal-Setting for Writers (During a Pandemic)

None of us enjoys uncertainty. And unfortunately, that’s what we have right now. A lot is happening outside the doors to our homes. Stress and worry have become part of our everyday. Life’s not easy at the moment and that … Continue reading

Posted in Agents, Buying Books, Focus, Goal and Milestones, Goal Setting, Marketing, Motivational, Platform, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reader Interest, Social Networking, The Business of Writing, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Time | 12 Comments

Writing During Tough Times: What You Need to Know to Keep the Words Flowing

Writing can be a challenge, and that’s when life’s going well. Getting those words to flow, for our characters to show up and play nice, drumming up the motivation to market our books takes passion and perseverance, day after day … Continue reading

Posted in Focus, Motivational, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writer's Block, Writing Time | 9 Comments

5 Reasons to Consider Translating Your Work

Happy to welcome Savannah Cardova from Reedsy who has some good information to share on book translations. As many of you know, we have a foreign rights agent and have sold rights to publishers in different countries. While some books … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Rights, Guest Post, Marketing, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reader Interest, Sales Numbers & Helpful Data, The Business of Writing, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Need a Creative Kick in the Pants?

FACT: every once in a while, the ol’ brain noodle goes limp. You stare at the screen…stare at the screen…stare at the screen. And then you remember…oh hey, there’s a pile of laundry downstairs. Or, the car needs gas. Or … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Focus, One Stop For Writers, Reading, Time Management, Tools and Resources, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writer's Block, Writing Time | 9 Comments

Writing Retreats: How to Choose the Best One for You (+Giveaway!)

Hi everyone. Help me welcome author Sean Hillen who is going to help us better understand what makes a writing retreat worth the investment. And SPOILER ALERT, you definitely want to get in on the giveaway mentioned at the end … Continue reading

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3 Steps To Writing Diverse Characters

It’s official … Audiences have voted with their wallets and proved they WANT more diverse characters as standard. Novels lead the way, with breakout successes like Gone Girl and The Hate You Give making huge cultural impacts. Now the screenwriting … Continue reading

Posted in Backstory, Buying Books, Character Arc, Characters, Cliches, Diversity, Emotion, Reader Feedback, Reader Interest, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Stereotypes, Story Structure, Tools and Resources, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 9 Comments

Improve Your Novel Writing: 11 Tips For Newbies

Writing a novel is flipping difficult. It often takes years to complete your first novel (and even more years after that to write a good one). You heard that right — writers’ first books are usually a hot mess. That … Continue reading

Posted in Critique Groups, Critiquing & Critiques, Grammar, Pacing, Plotting, Reader Feedback, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Revision and Editing, Story Structure, Uncategorized, Voice, Writing Craft | 16 Comments

Surprising Your Readers in Every Scene

Often we think of surprising audiences with large twists and turns, with thrilling midpoints or shocking losses, but bringing surprise into smaller story pieces, like interactions and beats, can sometimes be equally satisfying in their own way. They also hook … Continue reading

Posted in Action Scenes, Characters, Dialogue, Emotion, Motivation, Pacing, Reader Interest, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Show Don't Tell, Subtext, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 11 Comments