Category Archives: Writing Resources

How to Write More Words, aka, Winning at NaNo

With so many stories bouncing around in a writer’s mind, it likely comes as no surprise that most writers seek to write more—or to be more efficient in the time they have to write. In the month of November, known … 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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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

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Tools for the Visual-Spatial Writer (and the Rest of Us)

One of the most important things I learned as a teacher was that children learn differently, and the best approach for reaching them all included a variety of methods. I find the same to be true in writing. I may … Continue reading

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Wax On, Wax Off: 5 Areas To Polish Before Submitting A Manuscript

Most writers are familiar with the saying, “You only get one chance to impress,” and there is no industry where this holds truer than in publishing. From the agent who reads those first requested pages, to the editor searching for … Continue reading

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Writing By Design: Using Color Theory

Writing by design means using techniques from the visual arts to inspire and inform your writing. So far in this series you’ve learned how to use the constraints of space to give your story a shape. You’ve also discovered how to … Continue reading

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15 (Mostly) Free Tools to DIY Your Self-Published Book

Hi everyone! So happy to welcome writing coach Mandy Wallace to the blog, who has rustled up some great links for anyone looking to Self-Publish. As most writers know, a good set of tools is worth its weight in gold…especially … Continue reading

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Want Memorable Characters? Focus on the Little Things

I love building characters. In fact, “building” is apt, because for me, they come a piece at a time. A brick or two might lock into place as I wrestle with that hateful night demon, Insomnia. Another may manifest with … Continue reading

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Best of the Best: Free Resources to Power Up Your Writing

It doesn’t take many visits to see that providing writers with what they need to succeed is pretty serious business around here. And because the ‘ol pocketbook can be a bit flat this time of year, we wanted to shine … Continue reading

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