April 13th, 2016

How your personality type wreaks havoc with your writing

(And 10 things you can do about it)

Kelly Simmons

Time and again, through my writer’s mentoring nonprofit work and pitching ideas to writer’s conferences, I hear the same thing: writers of all levels not only struggle with plot, structure, and craft – but with productivity issues.

Why? Because what works for one writer, simply […]

March 9th, 2016

Sprinkling “real” into your fiction

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I’m always amused when friends or family read my work and try to piece together who a certain character is modeled after. My standard answer is, “no one and everyone.”

Whether it’s characters or locations, situations or details, there’s always a hint of my life in […]

January 29th, 2016

10 Tips to Writing from Multiple POVs

Aimie K. Runyan

Three years ago when I sat down to begin plotting my novel, Promised to the Crown, I knew I had a huge task in front of me. I was dealing with an era most readers would only have a cursory knowledge of, and a series of events they would probably not be […]

January 22nd, 2016

The Story I Thought I Would Write When I Knew Everything

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Why you should never despair over the novel that got away

by Kimberly Brock

I’m a slow reader. I take my time with the language and I have to process the imagery and characterizations, the settings and the metaphor. I savor words. I wonder at settings. […]

September 9th, 2015

6 P’s to Success in Your Writing Life

I admit, I’m a sucker for articles about the secret to success. Because, come on, some genius out there knows how to break the system, how to beat the odds, how to make it in a world that just wants to beat the creative stuffing out of you.

But here’s the thing, there is no […]