Boost Your Productivity by Organizing Your Writing Space

Imagine this scenario: you wake up (or get home from work) ready to get in that 1,000 words.  You’ve got a great idea and don’t need any motivation. You sit down at your desk and move things around to make room to write.  Then, poof, your idea is gone. Sound familiar? Your writing space might…

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Four Books To Read If You’re Serious About Writing

Are you tired of wasting time reading books about writing that don’t deliver on their promise to help you improve your skills? Me, too. In fact, I’ve read at least fifty books on the craft of writing.  Some stunk. Some were mediocre.  And some were game changers. I’ll share the ones that fell into the…

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The Legend of the Lair

“Let’s cut through the Lair.” “The graveyard? Josh. No way.” “Come on, Mindy. You don’t believe that crap do you?” “Only fools tempt fate.” “I’ve done it a hundred times.” “At night,” she put her hands on her hips and waited for a reply. He looked at her but didn’t answer. “We’re taking the long…

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Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Happy summer!! It’s the longest day of the year. Summer means beaches and barbeques and vacations and staycations. And books. Lots of books.  At least for me anyway. There’s nothing like relaxing with a good book.  If you missed yesterday’s post, I talked about how I found my writing voice.  I also talked about a…

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‘Cuz This is Thrillerrrr!

Find your voice.  That is probably the most common piece of advice every writer is given. To me, voice is defined by genre.  The writers we love fall into specific genres, (unless they’re just unusually talented and can write across multiple platforms). I have finally found mine. Here’s how I did it. A Major Discovery…

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Going Home – The Finale

Bella had never seen her brother Billy so inconsolable. She kept holding his hand and rubbing his shoulder and never left his side at the funeral. She watched his face as they lowered his best friend into the ground. She couldn’t remember a time in her life when Billy and Ricky weren’t together. They were…

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Looking for Places to Submit Your Writing? Try Submittable.

Writers are always looking for new creative opportunities. Finding places to submit your work is overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be any more. What if I told you there is one website with thousands of opportunities to submit your creative work. It’s true.  Whether you write poems, short stories, books, screenplays, or music (yes,…

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Going Home – Part 3

Bella woke up to the smell of bacon cooking and muffled voices laughing. Her stomach made a rumbling noise letting her know it was ready to be fed. She looked around and realized she was back in her old bedroom. The muffled voices were Lenny and her parents. She pulled the covers back and sat…

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One Skill Every Writer Should Have

Something unexpected happened to me when I joined an online writing challenge last year. The rules of the challenge were simple: you’re given a writing prompt, a word count, and one month to come up with a story. Simple enough. On the due date, you submit your story and then you have to give feedback…

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Going Home – Part Two

Bella couldn’t believe she was on her way back home again. Almost a decade passed since she left home. She had become so adept at making excuses about not going back to Connecticut that her parents made trips to Illinois when they wanted to see her. She was lost in thought watching the fields of…

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