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

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

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