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7 Tips on What to Look for in a Beta Reader

I’m looking for some very special people–beta readers. These are people who, out of the kindness of their heart and their love of reading, will read a manuscript in process without pay and give you feedback. They are an essential part of the writing process.



Added by Patricia Robertson on August 23, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments

Monday Muse: New Mississippi Poet Laureate

Posted Monday Muse profile of Mississippi's new Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 22, 2016 at 7:38am — No Comments

August 13, 2016------ Interview with The Crazy Mind at

Marsha ‘Yasmine’ Marie has been a writer, human rights activist, English department head, English instructor, American accent trainer, communication lab designer, voice-over talent, blogger, administrative assistant and mom. Born in Ohio, raised in Arizona, and then lived and taught in Asia. She has now returned to Arizona and lives…


Added by Marsha Yasmine Marie on August 20, 2016 at 6:58am — No Comments

Why a Good Hook is Important in Everyday Writing

Asking why a hook is important in everyday writing is like asking why a hook is important when going out to fish. No one will attempt a fishing expedition without a hook for the simple reason that no fish will give the fisherman a second look if they did not have something to attract the fish with. In…


Added by Tia Moreen on August 17, 2016 at 3:17am — No Comments

Is your Book your Baby or your Employee???

Many months ago, on The Creative Penn blog, I read an interview with a prolific writer who wrote a book practically every month. As part of the interview, Joanna Penn and this author talked about the common practice by some of treating their manuscript like a baby, a creative baby. They agreed that maybe for the first few books that was okay, but in order to grow as a writer, a writer needs to write, get past agonizing over each book and put it out there for others to…


Added by Patricia Robertson on August 16, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Amy Hannah's Writing Life

My Writing Life


For a few seasons, I have had a gaggle of unpublished adventures nesting in my attic.   I have both nourished and disciplined these ideas and scribbles.  But, it wasn’t until March of this year that I was given the confirmation from God that this particular flock of stories had matured and were now ready to take flight. 

When I received that confirmation, I got my “ducks in a row”, and proceeded with the publishing process.   The…


Added by Irene Roth on August 10, 2016 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul - Time Management

I’ve had a great July. I focused on writing the first draft of the next novel in my Dancing through Life Series. The only problem is that in order to do that, I had to neglect others aspects of writing and life. So now I’m playing catch-up, while trying to revise what I wrote in…


Added by Patricia Robertson on August 10, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments

Why Reading Makes You a Better Writer

When I first signed with a literary agent several years ago, she told me to read as much as I could because it would improve my own writing. I never forgot that advice, and while I have always loved to read, after that I began to read with a different eye.

I enjoy a variety of genres and always have a book on my nightstand (or on my Kindle), and with each one I learn something that positively affects my own work. Sometimes it's the way an author uses details such as colors, sounds, or…


Added by Maria Murnane on August 10, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

How to Write a Kissing Scene


Yup, this is what we're talking about today. Kind of glad that I'm not a vlogger because I can hide behind my computer this way.

 What kind of kissing scene are we talking about here? Are we going for the hot and steamy? The gentle, lingering kiss? The gentle kiss that suddenly becomes rough and desperate? The kissing scene that you write will depend on your book, and your characters, and the situation.

 Yes, the situation is…


Added by Ashley Earley on August 6, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Which Cover????

I need your help! I have completed the first draft of the next book in my Dancing through Life Series, An Irish Slip Step. Now, time to pick a cover but which one? I love them both. I guess that’s a good problem to have. I would love to have your input on which cover…


Added by Patricia Robertson on August 1, 2016 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

Disability and the Writing Life

I'm a writer who doesn't work, so I don’t have to juggle job responsibilities with my writing life.


I don’t have kids at home, so don’t have to squeeze writing time into the spaces between family activities and responsibilities.


I’m grateful for my wonderful husband whose income covers everything we need, and who supports me in ways tangible and intangible. I know how lucky I am to have him.


Sounds ideal, doesn’t it?


In some…


Added by Carol D. Marsh on August 1, 2016 at 8:07am — 2 Comments

How to Frame a Journalistic Article

Tackling a writing project in a journalism class is an entirely different monster than working on a paper for an average English course. A clashing standard is expected from you, and you'll probably find that many of the rules you've been taught since you were in grade school are now flipped on their head.

There's nothing wrong with going through this process. It's going to be difficult, but you'll slowly learn how to market yourself in the…


Added by Cassandra Bondie on August 1, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Little Details that Make a Big Difference when it comes to Minor Characters

“What’s the deal between Sara and her mother-in-law? She appears to be a little snot, which has certainly not been the case in the previous book.” One Beta reader commented.

I certainly didn’t want one of my major characters coming off like a snot, but I also didn’t want to spend too much time…


Added by Patricia Robertson on July 27, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments

Monday Muse: New Virginia Poet Laureate

Posted Monday Muse profile of Tim Seibles, Virginia's new Poet Laureate:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 25, 2016 at 6:55am — No Comments

5 Definite Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills

Everyone keeps telling you: writing skills are crucial for success in any profession. Who cares if you don’t intend to become a writer? If you’re an office worker, for example, you’ll have to write several daily emails to your boss, collaborators, and clients. You’ll only leave a positive impression through flawless written expression. The slightest misspelling or grammatical error could make you look silly.

If you’re in any business, you’ll probably have…


Added by Stephanie Norman on July 21, 2016 at 5:07am — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Website/Blog! 5 things you've taught me

My blog and website turned a year old on July 12. Since I forgot to celebrate, here’s a belated happy birthday to!

I started blogging as a way to build that all-important author platform, which to me sounds very brick and mortar-ish but has more to do with growing an…


Added by Pam McGaffin on July 20, 2016 at 4:52pm — No Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Writers Gonna Write

You have read this (essay, article, rant, post, blog) before: Girls may just wanna have fun, but writers just wanna write. It’s an easy lament to poke holes in, easy as teachers complaining about their jobs (You get summers off! You don’t work all day!!). In the case of writers, we get things like, “You get to work at Starbucks without the apron!” or “I wish I could sit at home all day in my pajamas to do my job.” An author I know recently posted on…


Added by Cindy Eastman on July 20, 2016 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

1000 Words of Back Story Equals 2 Lines of Story!

Back story – the bane of many beginning writers! How do I get all of the essential background about my character into the story as quickly as possible, they ask. And so they do what is a called a “back story dump,” filling you in on all the minute details of the…


Added by Patricia Robertson on July 19, 2016 at 11:39am — No Comments

What Makes Your Resume Worst?

One of the quickest way to get screened out as an applicant is to submit a seriously imperfect resume. Because resume is your first introduction to the employer, make it an impressive one.

A great resume can open a door to success, but a worst one can close it quickly. This article tells some common mistakes that makes your resume worst.

1. Typos and grammatical errors

It seems almost too easy, but these errors can ruin your impression with a hiring manager. Your resume… Continue

Added by Helen Greene on July 15, 2016 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Thank you Brooke

Last night Brooke Warner gave a talk at Napa Valley Writers Group - Branch of the California Writers Club - about publishing in today's publishing world.  

Thank you Brooke for that. I was happy to add a realistic perspective to my romantic notion of publishing one day. I am not turned away but in fact, challenged to…


Added by Elizabeth Stokkebye on July 14, 2016 at 10:39am — No Comments

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