“Being a writer requires an intoxication with language.” ~ Jim Harrison

Your First Draft: Are You Doing it Wrong?

You are not going to agonize over a sentence, trying to get it perfect in a rough draft. You are not going to write for five minutes, then scroll back and think about how to make your dialogue more realistic. You are not going to stop and think about if Bobby should have freckles, and then go to Google and search up kids with freckles and decide if they look more like the Bobby in your head. Oh no! Because none of this will help you…

Got Writer’s Block? Here’s Some Free Help.

Are you a fiction writer struggling with writer's block? Are you lost for the next move in your latest story, or are you itching to write something new but don't know where to start? Maybe you've already published several books, but you're looking for your next big...

Five Tips for Breaking Out of Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is frustrating. It’s annoying. You know where you want to be in your career: a writer with a couple of contest awards, stories in anthologies, novels, and a healthy fan club. But where you are now is something far short of that, am I right?
Well. Writer’s block is something most writers will experience in their careers. And there are a few important things to consider when you are trying to break out of it.

Editors-Do Writers Need Them?

Ask a writer if editors are a needed service and you will get a variety of reactions. Some writers rave about their experiences with editors, seeing them as the savior of their manuscripts, while others see editors as self-important villains, put on this earth to rob writers of their voice and vision. The truth, of course, lies somewhere in between the two extremes.

Using the Five Senses to Avoid ‘White Room Syndrome.’

Have you ever noticed how some writers seem to make their pages come to life? Not only do you become immersed in the story and characters, but it’s like you are right there, seeing and experiencing it all. This is because the author knows the fine art of using the...


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