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Diversity in Plot and Structure

There is an extremely popular author with dozens of bestselling books that I had to take a break from reading. Why? Because, for all her professional knowledge about her field and her engaging style of writing, the books started all looking the same.  Same plot

Marketing in Minutes a Day

The life of an author is a constant struggle for balance. For most, that balancing act includes a full-time job, family, social commitments, writing, and then when writers hear “marketing” they throw their hands up feeling overwhelmed and demand that they don’t have any time.

Little Ones and Writing: Finding a Balance

About ten months ago, something incredible happened. My wife gave birth to our first child. The months since that day have been filled with a new, special kind of joy that has filled this father’s heart to the brim. I wouldn’t trade a moments spent

Professional Obstacles for the Writer

So far we’ve covered Personal and Psychological obstacles authors face. This week we move on to the third P… Professional obstacles. How do I get noticed? Why do I keep getting rejected? Marketing? How do I do that? This takes so much time. Why bother trying

Diversity and Writing: The Intro

I’m not sure how one writes about diversity without irritating someone.  So this is my disclaimer: If I offend, leave a professional comment and I shall endeavor to be more aware in the future.  That’s the best I can do.  Diversity is all about inclusion or

First Aid for Writer’s Block

Inspiration. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. At least according to Google, this is the definition of inspiration. But, as any author knows, inspiration can be as elusive as finding the truth in a room

Why You Should Have Deadlines

It’s a cruel truth, but there are only 24 hours in a day. This can be especially hard for writers who have full time jobs or family obligations that cut into precious writing time. But if you want to write professionally, you have to carve

The Psychological Potholes

Some of the biggest obstacles for authors are all in their head. Psychologically speaking, of course. You are going along just fine on the Writing Road, then BAM!  One of your tires hits a pothole and jars you into rethinking your path. Let me introduce

How to Make an Old Story New

“I give you this to take with you: Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.” ― Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters It happens to everyone. We start with a vengeance, earnestly tapping

Where to find inspiration?

Shh, I have a secret to tell you. Come here, close the door, bend down low, whisper with me… There is a well beneath a fountain from which water springs eternal with no discernible source. If you drink from this well with an ancient gold

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