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NaNoWriMo for Authors

For a first time writer, Nano is a time of discovery, trepidation, and proving to themselves and the world that they are – or are not – a writer. For writers write, that’s what it’s all about. But what about … Continue reading

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Do You Have an Empty Well Emergency Kit?

By Jeanine Englert If you are like me, there are times when you simply cannot write. It doesn’t matter if you have your favorite fuzzy socks on, with your favorite coffee in your favorite mug in hand, and have the … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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