Category Archives: advice

SIX OF THE BEST… reasons to outline your novel

Chris is very matter-of-fact about it — she has to do what she has to do, and if things do get changed back, he’ll never know. In the meantime, he wants to have as much time with her as he … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… reasons not to write what you know

People write what they want to be true, because that’s what they know: they’re stuck in boring or dysfunctional lives and they want out. From SIX OF THE BEST… reasons not to write what you know.

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SIX OF THE BEST… things no one tells you about self-publishing

I’m publishing a book on Amazon on Monday, which led me to write this column. SIX OF THE BEST… things no one tells you about self-publishing

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SIX OF THE BEST… reasons for giving up on a story

Here are six of the best reasons for giving up on a story — at least in my eyes. Since it’s November, and NaNoWriMo, hopefully these tips help you keep your story on track. SIX OF THE BEST… reasons for … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE WORST… things about submitting your work

Just writing your NaNo novel isn’t enough; it has to be revised, beta-read, formatted, and submitted, or else you’ll never get it published. Even self-publishing takes a lot of work. So what do you do when your story is done? … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… revision tips

I’ve been part of writing groups for a few years now, and one thing I’ve learned is that they’re invaluable in getting people to critically read your work with the goal of you revising it to become the best writing … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… sex writing tips

As someone who’s had three erotica novels published (under a pseudonym), I think I know a little something about writing sex… but these six tips will be less about the mechanics and more about the philosophy, because that, I think, … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… writing tips that I could come up with

Look, most of us nerds do want to be writers of some sort — whether it’s music, games, books, or movies, we all think we have these great ideas that would make us zillions of dollars and earn us oodles … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE WORST… ways you can ruin an otherwise-good idea for a genre fiction story

It’s NaNoWriMo time, when thousands of people try to bang out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days and then start submitting it to publishers without any editing or peer-critiquing, and then getting butthurt on the internet when their stories don’t … Continue reading

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Let’s Do the Blog Hop Again!

Last month I was contacted by author Rosemary Claire Smith, one of my fellow students at Taos Toolbox 2013. She very graciously invited me to participate in a blog tour to help readers discover new writers. If you like dinosaurs, … Continue reading

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Writers… Don’t Do This…

Writers… don’t do this. I’m sure there’s a version for woman writers as well. It likely involves the MC being mildly overweight (at least at the start), meeting the perfect guy but not knowing it, working in PR or advertising, … Continue reading

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on sex scenes

nevver: The Sex Scene As someone who’s written a fair amount of sex scenes… yeah, I’d say this is pretty accurate.

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Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

scribnerbooks: annadevries: cmasonwells: Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing, via The Trad Know them. Love them. Amen. I remember reading this right before reading the 5th Frank Herbert Dune novel. The thing I noticed most was number 3 – Herbert … Continue reading

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