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Advice on Character Development

Posted by Maria Murnane on April 26, 2016 at 8:30am 3 Comments

For the past year or so I've been working on a new novel, and this one has caused me a lot of angst--and stress. I realize now that the main reason I've had so many problems is that I didn't spend enough time thinking about the protagonist before I started writing. I figured (hoped) she would evolve into a believable, empathetic character as I wrote, but she never really did. The result was a first draft with a heroine who seemed...not real. The early feedback I got from trusted friends varied from "I don't know who she is" to "I don't really like her."

Ouch. Hard to hear, but so very necessary. And you know what? My friends were absolutely right. I pride myself on creating believable heroines my readers can root for, but this time I fell short because I was too eager to jump into the process of writing and skipped over the time-intensive planning stage. I've never been much of a planner, and while I think…

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How Do You Decide What to Write Next?

Posted by Patricia Robertson on April 26, 2016 at 7:00am 0 Comments

If you are a writer, chances are there are characters, stories, plots and subplots floating around in your head. I know that’s the case for me. There are multiple characters and story lines clamoring in my brain demanding attention.

“Pick me! Pick me!” they shout.

How can I pick from among them?

Right now I have two equally intriguing ideas for books in my Dancing Through Life Series. Both will high-light a minor character from earlier books. Both will address significant social and moral issues. Both will require significant research.

My plan is to do one this coming November as part of NaNoWriMo and the second the next November, but there is a part of me that wants to do both now! Why wait two years? Sure I have a plan, but I’m not a slave to that plan. And then I got another idea for a book that could fit in this series, one that would…

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Six Grammar Reminders for Journalism Majors and Authors

Posted by Cassandra Bondie on February 22, 2016 at 4:00am 1 Comment

Just starting out with your manuscript? You're probably struggling with the insane amount of grammar and spelling rules while also crafting your story.

Below are six grammar reminders to help you along the way. Write these down and keep track of your progress - you can even create a grammar journal, if you want to stay ahead of the game. Most students struggle with these changes. If you’re one of them, you're not alone.

Let's get started.

1. Use real quotation marks, rather than foot markers

Believe it or not, many computers automatically insert foot markers (the measurements of feet and inches) rather than actual quotation marks. This will drive your professors insane, if you don't make alterations before turning in your piece.

Fonts like Times New Roman will generate foot markers instead of quotation marks. You'll notice the difference because foot markers are straight lines, rather than curved…

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Self-Publishing While Looking for an Agent

Posted by Lindsay C. Lightfoot on February 4, 2016 at 11:30am 2 Comments

Hello Everyone!

I'm curious if anyone self-published on Kindle while shopping for an agent. I imagined that it would take quite a bit of time to find an agent willing to take a chance on my specific book, so I uploaded it to Kindle. There are so many books out there, I doubt I will come up in the search.

I'm more of a reclusive writer than marketer (though I've learned a lot lately), and my audience is probably pretty specific to women who like literary erotica or more explicit literature in general. I like Anais Nin and had problems with the believability of the characters in Fifty Shades of Grey, so I created erotic shorts based on the voices of realistic men and women who talk about their sex lives and desires, sort of like in-depth, highly descriptive dating profiles. I hope my erotica fall more under the sexual healing movement instead of the "write a book of erotica about a billionaire" similar to…

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Write What You Sort of Know

We writers get advice that can sound repetitive: Build your platform, consolidate your brand, write what you know. While I am not about to tell you that you should be starting in on a book about, say, nuclear fission if you are a romance kind of gal, I am going to urge you to start from a place of not too much knowledge, and move towards not too much consistency. And above all, have fun.

 

Today I am holding the ARC of my She Writes book. It will be my fourth published work.…

Difficulty of creating a writer's platform

Is anyone else completely overwhelmed with trying to build a writer's platform? I love to write. Love workshops and groups and readings. Being a retired English teacher, I don't even mind the revision and editing. But all the internet work and hustle associated with actually getting something published I find an incredible task. I wish I had unlimited wealth, so that I could hire people to do that side of writing for me. A…

Difficulty of creating a writer's platform

Is anyone else completely overwhelmed with trying to build a writer's platform? I love to write. Love workshops and groups and readings. Being a retired English teacher, I don't even mind the revision and editing. But all the internet work and hustle associated with actually getting something published I find an incredible task. I wish I had unlimited wealth, so that I could hire people to do that side of writing for me. A…

Sketch Break!

I love losing myself in my right brain. It feels so good, like cross-training, after weeks of intense book editing.

When I fall into that meditative realm of color, shape and shadow, I lose all track of time. The words and reasoning that usually dominate my life take a back seat.

I used to draw and paint all the time. My favorite classes in high school and college were art classes. I almost switched careers from journalism to commercial art after I was laid off from my second…

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