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Category Archives for Crafting Your Best Story

Author Tip Tuesday – 5 Steps to Writing Quickly

Do you want to write that first draft faster? I developed 5 steps that can get you from idea to publishing in the nick of time. Here's what I do: 1 – STEP SHEET I discovered the step sheet concept

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #24 The White Room Syndrome

First off – HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you find these writing tips will help you get your writing mojo on for 2017 🙂 Q4U: Would you like to see these tips put into a book form? There are two more

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip # 22 I Say, I Said – Choosing Tense

When you decide you're going to write a novel, soon after you have imagined your characters and mapped out an outline, you'll have to decide on tense and point of view. We covered point of view in the

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip # #20 Protagonist vs Antagonist

In case you don't know, and some people don't and that's okay, Protagonist is a fancy word for Main Character. Harry Potter is a protagonist. Katniss Everdeen is a protagonist. Also referred to as the

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #19 Characters Who Have, uh, Character

Why do we sometimes say that a person we know is “quite a character”? You know the type I'm talking about. This person is distinctive, amusing, mystical, humorous, larger than life, etc. In

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #18
 Look Who’s Talking – What is Voice?

When it comes to writing there are two kinds of “voice”: the author's voice and character voice.   Trying to teach someone how to write Author's voice is like trying to teach someone

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #17 It’s All in the Details

Details make the difference. When I make a second, third, fourth, etc pass on my manuscripts, I'm always on the look out on how I can add details to add dimension. Details are what help to keep our characters

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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #15 The Problem with Pacing

I'm a “tight” writer. I rarely have the problem of having over-written and therefore I don’t have to go back to a bloated manuscript and cut thousands of words. This can be a good thing,

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