The Perfect Pitch

Before you ask, that’s not me. But it is a perfect representation of what will be happening to me on August 27th. Let me explain. I was reading an article about why you should never give up on your writing. The article talked about the usual stuff: rejections, persistence, determination. Yada-yada (sorry, I was in…

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Four Books You Should Read Before The Movie Comes Out

Which do you do first: the book or the movie? I’m a firm believer in reading the book before the movie comes out. Watching the movie before reading the book is the ultimate of spoilers. Many times movies leave out a lot of details because of budget and time constraints.  Details which make a huge difference. That being…

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How to Survive Rejection and Become a Bulletproof Writer

Rejection is brutal. It really, really hurts. But if you’re a writer, it’s par for the course. When you get those standard form rejection letters that don’t even hint at why your story wasn’t accepted, you begin to question whether you have what it takes. You ask yourself why you’re putting yourself through this torture. Who wants…

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My Reading Year So Far

Writers have to read. A lot. It is the way we train. With 2018 half way over and my reading goal more than half way done, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the books I’ve come across this year. I know book lovers are always looking for the next great read, so I’m…

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Writers Are Readers, Too

I know. You’ve heard it a million times. If you want to be a good writer, you’ve got to read a lot. Stephen King even said that a writer who doesn’t have the time to read doesn’t have the tools to write. I’m a voracious reader. But my reading has taken on a whole new…

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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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