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Passion Before Publication: A Lesson from Author Christine Lincoln

There are some lessons in life that stick to you like spaghetti sauce stains to plastic storage containers. Others, however, are often quickly forgotten, forcing you to learn them over and over again. For me, Passion before Publication falls in the latter category. I first learned this lesson about twenty years ago when I decided [...]

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 [...]

Write with the door closed. FIRMLY closed.

I’m 46 years old. You would think that someone who is 46 has gathered enough wisdom throughout her lifetime to know better than to keep making the same mistake over and over again, right? Like, for example, the mistake of not keeping the door closed while fleshing out a new story idea or writing a [...]

Tuesday’s Writing Tip

Today’s don’t-do-what-I-did writing tip: If you’re doing book research and discover tons and tons of wonderful tidbits and facts that most likely won’t be usable in your novel no matter how clever you are at slipping them into random conversations … write an Author’s Notes on the side at the same time! That way, those tidbits won’t go to waste and it will [...]