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10 Tips from Janet Burroway

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft by Janet Burroway My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews >> Janet Burroway is quite an accomplished author. She wrote eight novels, plays, poetry, essays, texts for dance, and children’s books and recently received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing Her seminal book, Writing … Continue reading

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13 Tips from Bob Mayer’s Novel Writer’s Toolkit

The Novel Writer’s Toolkit: A Guide to Writing Novels and Getting Published by Bob Mayer Bob Mayer is a pretty impressive guy. He’s a West Point grad, former Green Beret, NYT Best Selling author of umpteen books (fiction and non-fiction), owner of Cool Gus Publishing, author’s coach, blogger, speaker/consultant, and a lot more stuff there’s … Continue reading

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10 Tips from The Breakout Novelist

Donald Maass’ book, The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers (Writer’s Digest, March 2011), is a worthy sequel to his prior how-to-write books–Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction (2009).. How timely, with self-publishing  the choice of not just new writers, but seasoned ones. I wanted Maass’ thoughts on the viability … Continue reading

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Once a Year Blog Maintenance–Are You Up to Date?

This week, I’m providing tips for end-of-year technology maintenance. Sure, you should do it once a month if you’re active on your computer, but AT LEAST do it yearly. Like today. For most writers I know, life zooms by with few breaks to pause, glance around at the surroundings and clean up the clutter and … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo — Oh No

National Novel Writing Month–affectionately nicknamed NaNoWriMo–started in November 1999 as a fun way for twenty-one friends to encourage each other’s novel writing by publicly committing to write 50,000 words in thirty day. And then NanoWrMo grew up. November 2011 logged 256, 618 participants and 36,843 winners (defined below in the rules), penning 363,082,739 words. As … Continue reading