Critique Groups - Powerful Tools for Writers by Kristin Oakley

Critique Groups - Powerful Tools for Writers by Kristin Oakley

I joined my very first critique group, Chicks of the Trade, in January of 2008. Six women writing everything from romance to sci-fi to horror to mainstream contemporary fiction Critique Groups - Powerful Tools for Writers with author Kristin Oakley(me). We gathered at an Italian restaurant in Rockford, Illinois with our first chapters in hand.

The Art of Dialogue - with Tracey Kathryn

The Art of Dialogue - with Tracey Kathryn

Writing Dialogue - Part 1 - Writing exercises for Creating Great Dialogue!

 

 

 

 

References for Writers

References for Writers

Swap out a beach read for a writing reference book!

 

 

 

 

 

Swap out a beach read for a reference book — or a social media accountSwap out a beach read for a writing book!

Writing Conferences - Sprinter 2018

Writing Conferences - Sprinter 2018

Wow, it’s hard to believe that spring is here with all the snow we’ve been getting. UGH—I’m so ready for warmer weather! (Kudos to whomever coined the new word "sprinter" to describe this horribly snowy spring.)

I’m in the thick of writing conference season, which means I wouldn’t be outside much anyway, but at least I’m indoors with some lovely company in the form of other writers.

Writing and Your Soul

Writing and Your Soul

Writing and Your Soul with Tracey Kathryn

 

 

 

 

 

The benefits of putting words on paper

Eight Tips for Creating Brilliant Character Names

Eight Tips for Creating Brilliant Character Names

Eight Tips for Naming Your CharactersOne of the best parts of writing fiction is the ability to name your cast of characters. I know when I wrote my first stories I didn’t approach this in a scientific or logical way. I just picked names I liked that fit the idea of the character in my head.

The Death of Productivity – Success… I mean Fear by Bonniejean Alford

The Death of Productivity – Success… I mean Fear by Bonniejean Alford

Bonniejean Alford - creative communication strategists talks about the fear of successI met Bonniejean Alford at one of my favorite writing conferences, the University of Wisconsin Writers' Institute.

Forging Connections with Amanda Zieba

Forging Connections with Amanda Zieba

We all crave connections--real, meaningful person-to-person connections. It doesn't matter if we work in a solitary profession like writing or if we're in an occupation that just feels solitary. So when I saw Amanda Zieba's year-end post about her Word of the Year, CONNECTIONS, I immediately set aside time to read. 

Blessed Yuletide & My Gifts of the Season

Blessed Yuletide & My Gifts of the Season

We all sing about the Twelve Days of Christmas, but you might not have realized that the pagan celebration of Yule is twelve days long, starting (this year) with the eve of the winter solstice on December 20 and ending on December 31. 

Holidays and Mysteries

Holidays and Mysteries

Incorporating Holidays into Your Writing!

 

 

 

 

 

A Combination as Good as Santa’s Cookies and Milk:

Incorporating holidays into writing

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