Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Does an Extroverted Writer Have the Advantage? Maybe Not

By Laura Drake I’ve read a lot of blogs lately about introverted writers, whining  pointing out how hard it is for them, nowadays. There are probably more introverted authors than extroverts. After all, it’s darned near a cliché – the … Continue reading

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King of Dramatic Impact: Don’t Skip This Key Element of Fiction!

by Tiffany Lawson Inman Going through life, we are always in a state of suspense. Mmmmm…yummy, suspense! According to Oxford dictionary: a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Life … Continue reading

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The Inside Scoop On Romantic Times Magazine

 Today we are honored to host Kathryn Falk, also known as Lady Barrow. She’s hailed as “Queen of Romance” and a “brilliant, phenomenal promoter” by the New York Times. Kathryn is the founder of Romantic Times Magazine, now RT Book … Continue reading

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Scene Arcs

By Shannon Donnelly Everyone knows there’s a story arc—story goes up in tension, reaches a peak, and falls down. And there are character arcs, too, since story is character and character is story. But what about your scene arcs? That’s … Continue reading

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A Challenge to Writers

Live to Ride – Write to Live By Laura Drake Most of you know me on some level – I am not an ‘old soul.’ Seriously. My method is to make every mistake possible until I finally bumble across the … Continue reading

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Be Your Own Book Doctor

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy If you Google “book doctor” you’ll get pages of folks willing to analyze your book and tell you what’s wrong with it. While this might be a helpful option for some, not everyone can afford to … Continue reading

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Your Editor is Your Friend (Really)

by Erin Brown You’ve slaved for months, years—perhaps decades–to finish your manuscript. You’ve tackled all-nighters, tear-your-hair-out rewrites, grueling self-imposed deadlines. You’ve grappled with creative juices that either flowed until you were drunk with brilliant narrative or dried up to leave … Continue reading

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Getting Your Characters to Spark

Before we get to the awesome Shannon Donnelly, I wanted to be sure you all saw the winner of Tiffany Lawson Inman’s critique: Angela Quarles! By Shannon Donnelly I just finished reading a story that had a major problem—no sparkage … Continue reading

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Hiring a Professional Editor—Shrewd or Shameful?

Just a quick reminder: Laura is teaching a class at Margie Lawson’s Writers Academy for the month of September – Submissions that Sell!  If you need help on your submission, check it out! Now, here’s Lori! By Lori Nelson Spielman … Continue reading

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Small Actions, Deeper Characters, Better Stories!

We are delighted to welcome back The Naked Editor, Tiffany Lawson Inman from hiatus! Whoop! By Tiffany Lawson Inman What do you do when your character needs to wipe his/her nose?  Or wave goodbye? Or hold back a tear? Or … Continue reading

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