5 Must-have tools for Writers Conferences
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5 Must-have tools for Writers Conferences

It’s summer, time for writers to recharge our cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually end up at voice mail. For many, it means attending conferences like Writers Digest “Conference July 31-August 2 and the Writers’ Police Academy August … Continue reading

Tech Tip for Writers #65: How to use Google Street View
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Tech Tip for Writers #65: How to use Google Street View

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip. Q: I can’t find enough detail about a particular area of the world … Continue reading

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Writers Tips #94: 9 Writing Tips From James Frey

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading

Grammarly–online or resident grammar checker
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Grammarly–online or resident grammar checker

George Orwell lamented in his 1946 essay, “Politics and the English Language, that: “Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it.” ‘Most people’ can safely ignore society’s grammar … Continue reading

How to Tell if Someone is Lying: Body Language
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How to Tell if Someone is Lying: Body Language

Over half of our communication is done with body language, not words. I study it so I can characterize the people in my books–their actions, hand gestures, facial expressions–and it has taught me a lot about reading people’s interior monologue–those ideas they don’t want to share, but inadvertently do. Even the best speakers have a … Continue reading

48 Collections to Infuse Your Writing
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48 Collections to Infuse Your Writing

For the next few months, weekly writing tips will revolve around word choice. That includes: colorful and original descriptions pithy words and phrases picture nouns and action verbs writing that draws a reader in and addicts them to your voice I keep a  collection of descriptions that have pulled me into the books. I’m fascinated … Continue reading