3 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Write!
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. But it’s what we do with those 24 hours that separates the productive from the unproductive. So how can writers simplify their life so they can find more time to write?
Think of the three most important things in your life. The three things you can’t live without. Now contrast the top three... [Read more of this review]
How Not to Waste Your Writing Time
If you‘re a busy writer with other thing on your agenda, then it’s important not to waste your writing time. Here are 3 simple ways to help you be more productive when you write.
Go with the Flow
I’m not talking about the words that should flow from your fingers. I’m talking about the crazy life we lead as interrupted writers.... [Read more of this review]
You may not even realize it yet, but you’re already a writer. The simple fact that you’ve picked up pen and paper—okay, tablet and keyboard, and pounded out words, albeit messy words (been there, done that) means you’re a writer. Don’t doubt it.
But what separates the wanna-be writers from the gonna-be published authors is... [Read more of this review]
Getting to Know Your Main Character
Why is it important to get to know your main character before you dive into your story? Because without knowing specific things about your character you won’t have a story.
When you first get a spark of an idea, you may not know anything about your main character except her name, and that’s okay. Maybe if you’re like me you have... [Read more of this review]
Paint a Picture For the Reader Using Active Writing
I see it all the time. A writer has talent. Real talent for story telling. Story structure comes natural to them, and if they’re voracious readers, than that’s not a surprise. But the biggest problem I see in these talented writers is they don’t know how to paint a picture for the reader using active writing because they write... [Read more of this review]
Helping You Write Your Story in 2016
If your goal is to write your story in 2016, then you’ve come to the right place. Writer…Interrupted is undergoing a transformation not unlike the transformation I’ve been undergoing for the last few years. I’m still the same person, but with more life lessons under my belt. I’m still passionate about helping interrupted... [Read more of this review]
How to Write a Novel in 2016
So you’re serious about writing a novel in 2016, but need a little motivation and know-how to get started. Here are some tips to help you write a novel in 2016.
Make a Commitment
Nothing will happen if you don’t commit to making it happen. And nothing will happen if you keep it to yourself. Make a commitment to write your novel in 2016,... [Read more of this review]
Should You Go From Part-Time to Full-Time Writing
Going from part-time to full-time writing shouldn’t be considered lightly. Before you quit your day job, here are some things to consider.
Find a place. Make this your writing space and designate it as your office. (If you’re serious about this, make that your official home office and start looking into the tax deduction you can get from... [Read more of this review]
Plot Your Novel Through Knowing Your Characters
Many people ask me how do I plot my novel. Many times as prepare to write a book, I think about my characters’ pasts. I know where they have been, I know where they are now…but I’ve yet to determine where they will be at ‘the end’.
When it comes to researching and plotting a novel, I plot unique characters in difficult situations,... [Read more of this review]
Seven Habits of Published Christian Writers
We all want to get published, to see our work featured in some magazine, or on some website, or nestled between the covers of a book, but for most the “promised land” of publication seems like it might as well be the moon—totally out of reach. But maybe we just need to be doing the right things. From the conferences I’ve attended, the writers... [Read more of this review]
Learn to Write Anywhere
Learning to write anywhere is really important. On most mornings after the sun has come up, I undock my laptop from its station and move into my living room where the sun pours through an East facing window. In Spring I can hear birds chattering from an evergreen tree off the back deck and with the growing warmth of the season I somehow feel more energized... [Read more of this review]
Using Character Values to Write Great Fiction
Values determine a character’s abstract motivations and concrete goals. Values are important because they define, ultimately, what a character will and won’t do.
When a character’s values are in conflict, they force the character to make a choice.
That’s a key to writing great fiction. It’s easy to make a decision when... [Read more of this review]
5 Tips for Dealing with Writing Distractions
The life of a writer is full of distractions—focused concentration broken by work, chores, voices, demands, and needs. Finding a way to not only deal with writing distractions, but overcome them is crucial to our success and productivity.
For the record, I consider myself an expert at the distractions, not so much at overcoming them. So I thought... [Read more of this review]
Online Novel Writing for Teens
Release the Writer In You workbook
I said I would and I did! I launched my online novel writing course for teens. This is the popular class that I’ve been teaching and tweaking for seven years. It was inspired by many classes, courses, and writing teachers over the last ten years, including the fabulous Susan May Warren who has this to say about... [Read more of this review]
Creating Dynamic Characters Freebie and An Online Novel Writing School
I’m excited to announce I just launched my “Creative Education” store for teachers and homeschoolers, and an online novel writing school for kids, teens, and adults. When I asked my kids’ school if I could teach creative writing six years I never imagined it would blossom into what I’m doing today.
I started with a couple... [Read more of this review]
Writers Publish Podcast: Editing Your NaNo Manuscript
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Writing the Action-Reaction Sequence
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How to Writer a Scene Summary For Plotters and Pantser
Ron Estrada and I discuss summarizing scenes
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Black Friday Specials on Online Classes
Get started on the way to your writing dream THIS Thanksgiving weekend! Ridiculously low BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS on my go-at-your-own-pace online classes!
What you get is original, proven curriculum to move you one step closer to finishing that novel or memoir, AND mentoring by someone passionate about seeing your story come to life.
Release the Novel... [Read more of this review]
10 Minute Teaching for #Novelists: Anatagonists, a love/hate relationship
Today we talked about antagonists and how to make them 3 dimensional from Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. Learning is much more fun with friends. Come join me on my next live session!
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