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How to Build a Roadmap to the Author Future You Want

When the clock turns forward, we tend to think about what the next year will bring. With a new decade on the horizon, perhaps this time, the question carries a bit more weight. Now personally I’m not one for making … 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

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Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Being Turned Down by a Potential Love Interest

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading

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How to Show Holiday Love to Critique Partners & Writing Groups

This time of year always makes me appreciate the people in my life, personally and professionally. It’s been a year of adjustment for me. My kids “left the nest” and so not having access to them as I used to … Continue reading

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Win $2600 in Prizes In Our Advent for Writers Calendar Giveaway

It’s THE FINAL DAY of our Advent Calendar for Writers giveaway and the mystery prizes are blowing people away. Here’s the complete list of giveaways. Enter them all below: Write Your First Novel a 12-Week Online Workshop with Janice Hardy … Continue reading

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Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Nepotism at Work

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with … Continue reading

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Mastering Show, Don’t Tell

We hear it over and over: Show, don’t tell. You can’t get away from this advice, not in writing workshops, at conferences, or heck, even when visiting this blog. Writers Helping Writers and the thesaurus work we do is all … Continue reading

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The Advent Calendar for Writers Giveaway is BACK!

It’s the seasonal event to end ALL events: the Writers Helping Writers’ Advent Calendar Giveaway. Last year, a ton of lucky winner snapped up almost $2000 in prizes. This year, holy bananas, people. I can’t wait for you to see … Continue reading

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Power Up Your Toolkit for Less: One Stop for Writers is 50% Off

Writing is HARD. We all know it. So Becca and I joined forces with Lee Powell, the creator of Scrivener for Windows to make writing easier. Together we built One Stop for Writers, a portal to powerful resources that can … Continue reading

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Smokin’ Hot Black Friday Deals for Writers

Black Friday is coming, along with the crazy terrific deals and big box store mayhem. I don’t know about you, but I am all about sipping my coffee and enjoying online discounts rather than fighting insane crowds! I love to … Continue reading

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