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

The Greatest American Hero by Bonniejean Alford

The Greatest American Hero by Bonniejean Alford

In a piece written in the style of her memoir, Bonniejean Alford boldly explores the role “heroes” have as inspiration on her journey to inspire.

The Greatest American Hero

By bonniejean alford, Creative Communication Strategist | Word Artist | Speaker

This year, I received an amazing gift from the universe: the honor of meeting one of my childhood heroes via video chat. Truthfully, a dear friend granted me this gift for my birthday in February. What a nice surprise!

Hybrid Publishing by Kristin A. Oakley

Hybrid Publishing by Kristin A. Oakley

Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, Marcel Proust, and Edgar Allan Poe were self-published authors. Charles Dickens, Beatrix Potter, Marcel Proust, and Edgar Allan Poe all self-published their books. If you're planning to do the same, you're in good company. Today you can publish your manuscript with just the click of a button but be sure to research your options first.

 

 

Revising your Work with author Amanda Zieba

Revising your Work 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 tips on revising your work. (In my opinion, there are never enough tips to get me through this phase of writing!)

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.

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