Posts for Writing Tips Category

7 Mistakes Rookie Writers Make

Writing Tips - March 29, 2015

I'm not saying I'm perfect. In fact, I've made most of these rookie mistakes myself. And I wish someone had laid it on the line…

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Fall in Love with Your Characters

Writing Tips - February 9, 2015

It is said that an author has to "fall in love" a little with his or her characters.  That certainly happened to me, and it's…

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How to Critique and Be Critiqued

Writing Tips - December 31, 2014

You may have heard the adage, "Nobody lives in a vacuum." Well, you can apply that to writing, too. If you write a book, congratulate…

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10 Tips for a Great Book Cover

Writing Tips - December 24, 2014

I was about to write a snotty 59-character tweet: "I can tell by your book cover that you are self-published." However I believe it's better…

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Author Blindness and a Trick to Edit Better

Writing Tips - October 26, 2014

Yes, I just coined the term "author blindness." It's that inability to catch errors in your manuscript because you've read it too many times. This…

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10 Things People Say to Authors

Humor, Thoughts, Writing Tips - August 7, 2014

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Things to come…

Writing Tips - November 28, 2012

Fan: Do you know what happens in the next book? Me: I know what happens in the next FIVE books! Fan: Tell me! Me: Nope.…

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10 Things Writers Can Learn from Star Trek

Writing Tips - July 13, 2012

I've had the pleasure of watching Star Trek (The Original Series) for the first time in my life.  Even though it originally aired while I…

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Character Names

Writing Tips - July 11, 2012

  As the founder and CEO of BabyNames.com, names are extremely important to me.  I put a lot of thought into naming my characters in…

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