Posts for Writing Tips Category

Hey, Author! Your age is showing.

Writing Tips - May 20, 2016

If an author is trained in the craft of fiction writing, their story will be written the voice of the protagonist--or the current POV character.…

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Why Your Hero has to “Pet the Puppy”

Writing Tips - March 24, 2016

In my writing workshop, I teach a class on creating dynamic characters. The first thing I teach about the the protagonist is that he/she has…

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Candy Hearts for Writers

Humor, Writing Tips - February 8, 2016


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Diversity in Casting Your Characters

Writing Tips - February 5, 2016

Face it, unless you're an author-of-color, you probably don't give much thought about the ethnicity of your characters unless it's an integral part of your…

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Tips and Tricks for your Final Edit

Writing Tips - January 30, 2016

Okay, so you have three weeks before you have to turn in your novel to the publisher (or upload it, if you're self-publishing). It's tough…

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As If!

Writing Tips - January 15, 2016

No, we're not talking about Valley Girl vernacular. Many writers get this wrong, including me, so I wanted to post it so we could all…

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A Dark Age for Artists

Thoughts, Writing Tips - December 30, 2015

You may think the digital age has created a renaissance for art. In some ways, it has. Artists can share their work with so many…

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Writing in Order

Writing Tips - December 15, 2015

I recently read a short story that began: I looked out my apartment window through the Venetian blinds down at a street full of shadows.…

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Creating Worlds

Writing Tips - October 20, 2015

Here is a great video by author Kate Messner on building fictional worlds:

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Book Review: Twitter for Writers

Writing Tips - April 24, 2015

Everyone claims to be a Social Networking Guru. Seems like a perfect dream job, right? Sit around and play on Facebook and Twitter all day…

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