Choosing the Right Point of View

Choosing the Right Point of View

Which is the best Point of View to use for your novel? First I want to say when I say the best point of view (POV) I don’t actually mean there is ONE best point of view overall. Not to read and not to write in. The best POV is the one that works best […]

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Adverbs are the Devil

Adverbs are the Devil

 “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” —Stephen King    “What’s your obsession with adverbs,” my editor once asked me. “I just really, really like them,” I replied. An adverb modifies a verb and often ends in -ly but not always. As in other elements of the English language the -ly qualifier isn’t 100% […]

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How to Hold Yourself Accountable

How to Hold Yourself Accountable

If you want a full-time author career, you have to hold yourself accountable to your writing goals. If you publish traditionally, you will have an editor who will give you milestones you need to meet. When you’re a self-published author, you need to set your own milestones. Now it’s usually easier to meet deadlines set […]

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How to Create a Writing Routine

How to Create a Writing Routine

How to create a writing routine? There are some days when the last thing I want to do is write. I’m not in the mood I don’t have any ideas, I’m tired, there’s a new series on Netflix. The list of excuses is endless.  But I don’t have a choice. Writing is my job, so […]

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How to Have an Effective Novel Brainstorming Session

How to Have an Effective Novel Brainstorming Session

 One questions I get asked a lot is how I get my ideas. I can’t really answer that because most come to me at the most random time. However, those ideas are usually vague story ideas. They’re not fully developed story lines. It takes brainstorming to come up with enough ideas to piece together to […]

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Create a Writing Goal You Can Stick To

Create a Writing Goal You Can Stick To

Create A Writing Goal!  If you’re anything like me, you tend to set super high goals that are unrealistic and eventually end in frustration.  You know, like losing 20 lbs 3 days.  To be successful at anything you must be realistic in your goal setting which makes it important for all authorpreneurs to create a […]

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Why You Should Outline Your Fiction Novel

Why You Should Outline Your Fiction Novel

A question I often get asked is if it’s better to outline your fiction novel or just have your idea and sit down and write the story. The answer is yes. Ok, I know that’s not all that helpful. But it’s not an easy question because there is no right or wrong answer. My first […]

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Back to the Basic Elements of Fiction

Back to the Basic Elements of Fiction

I’m a firm believer in keeping things as simple as possible. As a novelist, it’s easy to get sidetracked from the basic elements of fiction. These are the elements which create a great story and have proven to work over the years. Getting away from what works often causes problems. #writerproblems Do you have writer […]

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10 Steps to Take During the Revision Process of your Novel

10 Steps to Take During the Revision Process of your Novel

I love writing but the revision process…I can’t exactly say the same.   I’m not so much a fan.   I don’t mind it the first time I go back through my rough draft because it’s still new and exciting at this point. But by about the 25th….I’m tired of the story, and the characters, […]

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15 Editing Tips for the Indie Author

15 Editing Tips for the Indie Author

I’m a writer. I like to write. In fact, I love to write. I love, love, love the making up stories aspect of being a writer. I do NOT, however, enjoy the mechanics of writing. The grammar and sentence structure part. And frankly, since spell check became a thing, I can’t spell to save my […]

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