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Guest Blogger: Alexia Gordon – Writer’s Block? – Ways to Motivate Yourself

Writer’s Block? – Ways to Motivate Yourself by Alexia Gordon When writing experts aren’t debating writer’s block’s existence, they’re offering sure-fired ways to beat it. I can’t guarantee a fix for writer’s block but I do have a few techniques I use to motivate myself when I feel stuck. 1. I write the same sentence …

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Guest Blogger: Lynnette Austin – Small Towns – Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Small Towns—Where Everybody Knows Your Name by Lynnette Austin Small town versus city. It’s one of the first things a writer needs to know when plotting a story. Generally, though, the story itself makes that decision…or the main character, although it’s sure fun to drop a big city gal into a small town or to …

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Knowing When to Say “The End” by Debra H. Goldstein

Knowing When to Say “The End” by Debra H. Goldstein Five days ago, I typed the words “The End” at the conclusion of eighty thousand plus other words I wrote during the past few months. I rejoiced. Those eighty thousand plus words were probably more like one hundred plus words because on one day, I …

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Guest Blogger: Kathryn Lane – It All Starts With the Subconscious

It All Starts with the Subconscious by Kathryn Lane A recurring question I’m asked when I speak at book clubs is whether I plot the entire novel before I start writing. I usually respond by defining the two basic types of writers – detailed plotters or fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pantstypes. Once I’ve decided to begin a new book …

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Guest Blogger Margaret Fenton – Sometimes a Bad Day Turns Into a Good Day, Especially If There’s Gin

Sometimes a Bad Day Turns Into a Good Day, Especially If There’s Gin by Margaret Fenton 2007 was a great year. I went to Killer Nashville in August. I paid a lot of extra dollars and was given the opportunity to pitch my unpublished manuscript to either an agent or a representative from Oceanview Publishing. …

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Guest Blogger: Bryan E. Robinson, Ph.D. – Writing “As If” to Reignite your Creative Mojo

Writing “As If” to Reignite Your Creative Mojo by Bryan E. Robinson, Ph. D. Act as if you’re a writer. Sit down and begin. Act as if you might just create something beautiful, and by beautiful I mean something authentic and universal. —Dani Shapiro Raise your hand if you’ve ever been unsure which direction to …

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Guest Blogger: S. Lee Manning – How I became a Rogue Woman Writer

How I became a Rogue Woman Writer   By S. Lee Manning   I’ve always loved spy stories. There’s something that has always fascinated me about a secret world, where politics matter, and the stakes are high. Spies exist in a parallel plane to the real world, something like the magical world of Harry Potter. …

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Guest Blogger C. A. Newsome – Discovering Your Secret Sauce

Discovering Your Secret Sauce by C. A. Newsome There is a lot of advice geared to “writing to market.” In my opinion, that leaves you chasing both the cart and the horse with little likelihood to catch up. You might make a few dollars cloning “Twilight,” “Fifty Shades of Gray,” or Harry Potter, but you’ll …

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