Thursday, July 30, 2015

Plot: Series of Scenes

July 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Fiction, Writing Tips

There are many different ways a writer plots–you could say it’s an individual thing. I think as writers we listen and learn about the various techniques that work for others, then we incorporate what works for us–sometimes through trial and error. Some don’t plot at all, but write by what some people have called by […]

The Role of the Synopsis When Submitting

July 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Editing, Fiction

Why do I need to cut a synopsis? While I haven’t talked to every editor and agent on the planet, the majority of the ones I’ve spoken to prefer a 2-3 page synopsis. However, every editor is different. One editor will want a one-page synopsis, another will want an extensive chapter-by-chapter synopsis. In my experience, […]

How Do You Get Published?

July 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

When I attended my 15-year high school reunion recently, the number one question I was asked was, “How do you get published?” or “How do I get published?” Most of my classmates knew that I just had my first book released, Real Women Scrap: Create the Life and Layouts You’ve Always Wanted, (http://www.realwomenscrap.com) and wanted […]

Querying With an Unfinished Manuscript

July 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

AS A FIRST TIME AUTHOR, should you finish your manuscript before you query an editor? I have been asked this question by all kinds of hopeful writers, and the answer is, sorry Kids, but yes. I know, I know. I’m not exactly the most experienced “published” novelist on the block. After all, my book isn’t […]

Basic Plotting Tips

July 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Fiction, Writing Tips

When we are talking about a plot, I am compelled to say: SHOW DON’T TELL. You might study some of your favorite movies. A movie has to show you what is going on. It’s the nature of the beast. Also, while you’re at it, study books on your keeper shelf to see what that author […]

No, I haven’t Fallen Off the Face of the Earth

June 30, 2015 by  
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I’ve just been interrupted! As with all interrupted writers, we go through seasons of change and well, interruptions in our writing. This blog has been dormant as I work toward some personal and professional goals. But GOOD things are coming for you and me ! If I listed all the projects I’m in the middle […]

#AngelWarz – Prologue

August 15, 2014 by  
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Note: The prologue for #AngelWarz is the only episode I’ll post on the blog. If you or your young readers would like to receive all the episodes, subscribe to my newsletter over there on your right. Each episode will also include Writer’s Notes for young writers. This is the first installment of a four year […]

Organizing Schedules So You Can Find More Time to Write

August 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Balance, Blog, Featured, Home Management

As writers it’s easy to make excuses not to write, but add a busy family and back to school schedules, and it seems like squeezing in writing time is impossible. The key to finding writing time is getting organized and intentional about your “free time” no matter how much or little you have. But first […]

#AngelWarz: The Beginning of the End Starts in 2 Weeks

August 8, 2014 by  
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The final, epic battle for humanity won’t be fought by humans. #AngelWarz is the story of two kids who soon discover that they’re not ordinary. They’re descendants of angels. Fallen angels. The Nephilim. These were the Fallen who took human wives and created offspring that would become the enemy of Israel and, eventually, all of mankind. And two […]

Top 10 Signs You May Have an Instagram Probelm

August 1, 2014 by  
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Photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and swpave I enjoy Instagram as much as the next guy. But some of you are getting a little carried away. Here are my top 10 signs that you have an Instagram problem. 10. You sign your name with little hearts and smiley faces around it. 9. Your cat has […]

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