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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 #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 #16 Using the Bell Curve to Write Dramatic Chapters

If you've ever read a book you'll know that a novel is a series of scenes strung together to make the whole. These scenes are often grouped together to make chapters. So how does a writer know how many

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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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Author Tip Tuesday – Tip #12 Tackling Your First Draft

MAKING CLAY Now that you have the story idea, characters, and you've mapped out the major plot points, it's time to start writing that first draft. To use GINGERBREAD MAN as an example: the story is about

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