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Fantastic Tools for Writers

These days there are many tools available to help in the writing of a book. Here are a few that I use and recommend. Some of the tools overlap, and I don’t always use everything in the intended way. I adapt my usage to suit my needs and writing habits. 1. 4 The Words...

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Tools for Writers: One Stop For Writers

I discovered One Stop for Writers after following the Writers Helping Writers blog and subsequently buying a copy of the Emotions Thesaurus. Both are fantastic resources for writers at all experience levels, but when One Stop for Writers went live, I signed up for the...

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Tools For Writers: 4TheWords

At the start of 2020, I was having trouble getting back into a writing routine after the holidays. Going for days without writing or any procrastination was not on the cards because I had deadlines stacked for the entire year. One of the Facebook groups I belong to...

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The Lure of Small-Town Romances

Romances set in small towns are popular amongst romance readers. They’re a comfort read with a sense of warmth and community. The things I love about small-town reads: 1. The slower pace of life. 2. The gossip factor can be quite high since everyone knows everyone’s...

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7 Strategies to Stop Writer Procrastination

Sometimes it’s just impossible to write. Life gets in the way or something shinier comes along, something way more fun than writing. I’ve been writing for ten years now, and I’ve come up with several strategies to give myself a kick start when the last thing I want to...

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Thirteen Pieces of Advice for Aspiring Writers

I’ve been in a writing mood recently, which is great from my point of view. Today, I wrote “the end” on my current work in progress. Since my mind is in the groove, I thought I’d give some advice to aspiring authors. 1. Sit down and write every day. Make writing into...

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Fixing A Broken Character

Recently someone told me the hero in my story wasn’t heroic and didn’t behave like a hero. He was unsympathetic. Instead of panicking or becoming defensive, I took another look at my hero and, to my horror, found the criticism was justified. While I still liked my...

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Finding Foster Homes for Orphan Sentences

Kat Duncan is my special guest today. Kat likes to write and teach. She also likes to write about teaching and teach about writing. Today she's giving us a few hints about finding foster homes for orphan sentences. Have you ever tried the writing technique called...

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Bullies, Bastards & Bitches!

I'll often pick up a writing craft book at the library. Recently I picked up a copy of Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction by Jessica Page Morrell. I've found it fascinating and definitely helpful in writing villains. The author has...

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