Tag Archives: writing tips

Don’t Push the River. . .

By Jeanine Englert Don’t push the river. I’d never heard that phrase until just last week. I was watching a video recording of Dinah Jeffries and Nicola Cornick from the Romantic Novelists Association’s Virtual Retreat from earlier in the month … Continue reading

Posted in Soul Mate Publishing | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Verbs paint the essence of your characters–a writing tips post.

This page is from the 1906 “Text Book of Art Education.” Paintings evoke emotions, as should your books. How to compose like a painter? After attending an inspiring Master Class by Damon Suede, author of Verbalize: Bring Stories to Life … Continue reading

Posted in Simply Stated By Sally! | Tagged , | 6 Comments

The Five Best Bits of Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received

By Jeanine Englert Writing may feel like it’s done in a lonely dark void most of the time. Perhaps that’s a bit overdramatic. It’s only that way when the words don’t flow. However, most of the time, it is a … Continue reading

Posted in Soul Mate Publishing | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Three Things That Changed My Writing Life This Year. . . for the Better!

By Jeanine Englert Despite the chaos buried within 2020, there were nuggets of gold within it. I believe we all found we were far more resilient than we believed ourselves to be and gratitude for our health, family, and well-being … Continue reading

Posted in Soul Mate Publishing | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Preparing for Christmas is like writing a book by C.D. Hersh

We think writing and Christmas have a lot in common. Preparing for Christmas is like writing a book—not that anyone gets much writing done in the weeks before the holiday. The concept, however, is the same; start early and stay … Continue reading

Posted in From the Desk of CD -, Soul Mate Publishing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Piecing it together when you can’t write in a straight line

The book I am now working on is not my first. In fact, it is about my seventh . . . or tenth, if you count the nonfiction titles. So you would think by now I’d have a process established. … Continue reading

Posted in Soul Mate Publishing | Tagged | 7 Comments

How to Build a Writing Habit and Have Fun!

Writing can be a lonely pursuit, with much of the work taking place alone with your computer. Sometimes finding the motivation to write can be a struggle. One of the greatest gifts any writing community gives is a nudge to … Continue reading

Posted in Chatter-Time With Jaycee!, Soul Mate Publishing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

An Agent Reads the Slush Pile by C. D. Hersh

A while back, before the new COVID normal, we used to go to Writer’s Conferences. At one of the ones we attended literary agent Kristin Nelson, of the Nelson Literacy Agency, read a selection of two-page openings from attendees’ books. … Continue reading

Posted in From the Desk of CD -, Soul Mate Publishing | Tagged , | 2 Comments

The 7 Ps of Plotting by Catherine Castle

I love alliteration, and lists of alliteration. So, with the aim of adding a new twist to an old narrative, (did you catch that alliteration?) I’ve taken a few permissions with plotting and renamed the familiar parts—but not the nitty … Continue reading

Posted in News From the Castle!, Soul Mate Publishing | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

PLOTTR: Is It Right for You? by CiCi Cordelia

As Cheryl and I have been upping our CiCi Cordelia game, we find ourselves on the lookout for new tools and ways to improve our creativity. Especially since we have decided to continue writing in the nineteenth-century Western Historical world … Continue reading

Posted in Char's Thoughts, Cheryl's Corner, CiCi Cordelia, Historical Romance, Inspiration, Motivation, Networking, Perserverance, Settings, Soul Mate Publishing, Time Management, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments