Summer Writing: How to Stay on Track

Summer Writing: How to Stay on Track

Summer Writing: How to Stay on Track -- Use S.M.A.R.T. Goals

How S.M.A.R.T. goals support a writer’s plan

Writing Conference Season (and you thought it was simply spring!)

Writing Conference Season (and you thought it was simply spring!)

From April 5 to May 5, I taught at three writing conferences, hosted the 4th Anniversary of the Books and Beer book club, and led a writing workshop for a total of twelve “event” days. Frankly, I’m a little tired, but I’m also grateful and rather excited to edit my work in progress and start a new project. Here’s why . . .

Plotters vs. Pantsers with Author Amanda Zieba

Plotters vs. Pantsers with Author Amanda Zieba

I'm pleased Amanda Zieba is able to join us again. Amanda is an author, a word nerd, a mom, a wife, a teacher, and so much more. Today she discusses plotting your story or writing by the seat of your pants, aka being a pantser. Amanda originally published this article on her websiteThe question of whether a writer should carefully plot out a story or whether it is okay to write by the seat of your pants is one that is asked often at writing workshops and conferences.

Gifts for Writers: Decluttering a Writer's Life with Tracey Kathryn

Gifts for Writers: Decluttering a Writer's Life with Tracey Kathryn

Gifts for Writers: Decluttering a Writer's Life

Writing and Exercise (Revisited) with Tracey Kathryn

Writing and Exercise (Revisited) with Tracey Kathryn

All About the NYC Pitch Conference for Authors - from Tracey Kathryn

The New York Pitch: A Different Kind of Writing Conference

The New York Pitch: A Different Kind of Writing Conference

All About the NYC Pitch Conference for Authors - from Tracey Kathryn

Christmas Gifts for Writers (and other hard-to-buy-for people)

Christmas Gifts for Writers (and other hard-to-buy-for people)

Momentary panic set in this past weekend when I came across a count-down-to-Christmas clock on a website. I don’t know what date I THOUGHT it was but seeing that Christmas was about two weeks away made me freak out—just a little bit.

Naming Your Characters

Naming Your Characters

Naming Your Characters - Writing Advice from Authors Kristin Oakley and Valerie Biel

I admire brilliant character names and agonized over choosing just the right ones for my Circle of Nine series’ characters. Assuming every author has this same problem, I’ve invited author Kristin A. Oakley to join me today for a discussion on this topic.

Writing Conferences: Why You Should Attend - Kristin A. Oakley

Writing Conferences: Why You Should Attend - Kristin A. Oakley

Welcome back to author Kristin A. Oakley with her take on Writers Conferences.

Nonfiction & Fiction Book Proposals (YES! FICTION!)

Nonfiction & Fiction Book Proposals (YES! FICTION!)

This year I completed my first nonfiction book proposal, and I realized how intimidating the process might be for someone who is not familiar with the componen

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