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So you want to be a writer? A Beginner’s Guide

So you want to be a writer? Tips for Beginning Writers

People have often said to me, “I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I’ve never tried because … [insert excuse.]” If you’re one of those people, I totally understand where you’re coming from. 100%. For most of my life, I never thought it was possible for someone like me to write anything worth reading [...]

Books for Writers: My Top Ten Favorites!

Ten Terrific Books for Writers: Some of my Favorites

Whenever the topic of favorite books for writers comes up, I always mention the same ones over and over again. But they are timeless must-reads for anyone trying to finish their first manuscript, (or twenty-first,) and for those pursuing publication, either traditionally or through self-publishing. So here I go again with a list of my [...]

Monday Motivation for Writers

Monday Motivation: Inspiration for Writers

Need a little Monday morning motivation to get your fingers flying and WIP’s whipped into shape this week? Here’s some great words of wisdom from literary pros who know a thing or two: “It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling “The scariest moment is [...]

Got NaNoWriMo Stress? Take a break with some funny videos.

For those of us pounding out the words for National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, aka why am I putting myself through this again, we have just past the dreaded halfway mark. The realization that this month is going to come to an end faster than a hair bow in a hurricane. Which, yeah, can [...]

50 Ways to Gather Book Ideas!

50 Ways to Gather Book Ideas

Usually, gathering book ideas is not a problem for me. I get them all the time … while in the shower, as I’m running, in the Jeep. It’s the whole remembering to write them down part I have a problem with! So this year, I’ve challenged myself to come up with a book idea a day. [...]

NaNoWriMo: How to Stay Motivated

NaNoWriMo: How to Stay Motivated

Why, exactly, is National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, held in November? I mean, there’s Thanksgiving. And ’tis the season to start getting ready for the holidays. Plus for my fellow runDisney addicts, there’s the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in Disney World, so I need all the motivation I can get to finish. Are you [...]

NaNoWriMo #Preptober: My Survival Kit

My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit - #writing #amwriting

Cross posted on As The Eraser Burns. It’s almost that time of year again, folks: National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, the yearly Olympics for writers where participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days. The fun begins on November 1st, twelve days from now. TWELVE. As in, one-two-three-ten-twelve days, less than [...]

Where to Find Writing Exercises

Where to Find Writing Exercises and Prompts

I once gave a presentation where, ten minutes in, I asked attendees to do a writing exercise. Instant awkwardness. I could feel the groans they shifted in their seats, grimacing as though I had offered pickle juice for their tea instead of cream. For a second, I considered saving face by saying, “Just fooling, haha,” even though the exercise was really cute: Write [...]