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What’s Your Favorite Craft Book?

Today I’m interrupting the continuation of my Advice to My Newbie Author Self series to rave about the latest craft books I’ve been devouring–yet again: The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever and Sue Viders All fiction writers want to write stories with great heroes and heroines–characters who leap off the page and capture the reader’s imagination.   Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden The villain is the hero […]

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Advice to My Newbie Author Self – Part 1: Patience, Young Padawan

When we first start venturing down the road to becoming a published author, there are many, many, many aspects of this writing life that we don’t know. Some things are fairly simple–such as writing craft techniques that’ll make your life so much easier–but others are the kind of stumbling blocks we didn’t know were there until we’ve already tripped and smacked our heads on the pavement. *re-applies ice packet to forehead* The pain! OMG, the pain!! I set out to […]

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This Week in Favs…

Playing on the Zune: Peace of Mind by Boston Social Media and Author Websites Is Blogging Important for Novelists Considering Self-Publishing? by Jody Hedlund Should All Authors Blog? by Rachelle Gardner On the Craft Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Master Your Craft by Rachelle Gardner Technical Tuesday Writing Tips Presents Outlining: Characters, Creating the Protagonist, Hir or Her Character Sketch and Backstory by Kim Cox Add a Pinch – or a Pound – of Poetry to Your Prose […]

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This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: Waking the Demon by Bullet for My Valentine Social Media and Author Websites Are You’re a Blogging Warrior or Wimp? by Stanford on Pushing Social Social Media: An Introvert’s Secret Weapon by Jami Gold Do the Wrong Thing: The Benefits of Writing Unconventional Headlines, guest post by Ollin Morales on Write to Done WANA Commons – Beautiful Blog Images Without the Worry by Kristen Lamb On the Craft The Fuel that Drives Extraordinary Content on Write […]

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Why Having a Unique, Strong Voice is Important & How to Find Yours

My beautiful signed copy of Shadow of Night  I waited 16 months for the release of Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I clung to the weekly updates she gave her fans every Friday, I read the first book in the All Souls Trilogy, A Discovery of Witches, four times, and I often listened to a playlist I compiled based on the music that inspired the author – ‘cause in turn, it inspired me in my own work. So it’s […]

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This Week in Favs…

Playing on the Zune: Nada. Sittin’ in silence for this one. A bit scary I admit, but surprisingly, it’s going well.  :0)   Social Media and Author Websites  Blog Post Quality and Quantity – How to Have Your Cake and Eat it Too by Stanford Smithat on Pushing Social   5 Signs You’re Having a Blog Identity Crisis & 8 Ways to Fix It by Roni Loren   Essential Twitter Hashtags for Authors, Readers and Publishing Industry Professionals by Jordan Dane […]

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This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: Place for My Head by Linkin Park On the Craft Official Philosophy of Character Death by Veronica Roth 6 Ways to Never Run Out of Ideas by Ed Cyzewski, guest post on Rachelle Gardner’s blog 25 Things to Know About Writing the First Chapter of Your Novel by Chuck Wendig Leave Yourself Notes: Ways to be a More Productive Writer, Part 5 on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy Plotting for Success by […]

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Structure of a Scene, Part Two – Motivation Reaction Units

I feel like Sheldon during A-ha moments 🙂 Last week I shared my ‘A-ha!’ moment with Scene & Sequel. It’s one to read, read, read on a particular topic until it’s in your brain, but it’s entirely another to be shown said topic and actually understand it.     Hmm….I do think that was a classic Show vs. Tell example! *smiles*     Anyway, so back to Motivation Reaction Units (MRU), another fun technique I learned about in Margie Lawson’s […]

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This Week in Favs…

Social Media and Author Websites Social Media is an Imperfect Sales Tool. Use it Anyway. by Nathan Bransford Six Sinister Blog Time Wasters by Stanford on Pushing Social The Bodacious Blogger’s Essential Ingredients by August McLaughlin 7 Tips for Turning Your Blog into a Book by Brian A. Klems on Writer’s Digest blog How Much Interaction Should Authors Have With Readers? by Jodi Hedlund 5 Habits That Make Me a More Creative Blogger (and Writer) by Judy Dunn on Cat’s […]

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