Writing During the Holidays: Staying on Track

Writing During the Holidays: Staying on Track

Writing During the Holidays: Fun Ways to Stay on Track

How Limiting Screen Time, Keeping a Calendar, and Visits to the Local Hardware Store Will Keep Me on Track

Reflections on a Writing Residency and a Retreat

Reflections on a Writing Residency and a Retreat

This fall I’ve been extremely fortunate to achieve some quality writing time in ways that were unusually helpful: a week-long writing residency and a weekend writing retreat. Both have given me a clarity on my current work in progress and energized me to finish this story more quickly than I ever could have imagined when I started it in September.

Obits: Have You Written Yours?

Obits: Have You Written Yours?

Have you written your obituary? Do you REALLY want someone else writing it?

Character Creation with Author Amanda Zieba

Character Creation 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 gives us excellent exercises for creating great characters. I think designing characters and all their traits (quirky or not) is one of the most fun parts of being a fiction writer. These exercise will definitely get you started.

The Benefits of a Retreat

The Benefits of a Retreat

The Benefits of a Retreat with Tracey Kathryn

Happy autumn, writers!

Where to Find Places to Submit Your Work

Where to Find Places to Submit Your Work

Many of us toil in private for years before we are ready with both our skill level and emotional fortitude to submit work for publication. But where can we submit our precious pages? Depending on what you write and which audiences you’re trying to reach, the answer to that question differs.

Dialogue Part 2: Practical Tips with Tracey Kathryn

Dialogue Part 2: Practical Tips with Tracey Kathryn

The Beginning Writer: How to Get Started

The Beginning Writer: How to Get Started

Whether you are quietly whispering to yourself, “I am a writer,” or shouting it as loudly as you can, creating a book-length work IS an intimidating process. How do you even begin to do this?

Dialogue Revisited: How Listening and Observing Improves Dialogue Writing Skills - with Tracey Kathryn

Dialogue Revisited: How Listening and Observing Improves Dialogue Writing Skills - with Tracey Kathryn

Listening and Observing Others to Inspire your Dialogue WritingLast summer, I wrote a post about dialogue writing. I’m a conversationalist, a dialogue fan.

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

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