June 22nd, 2012

Fresh, Fresh, Fresh Character Descriptions!

We’re so happy to welcome Margie Lawson today to share her writing wonderment with us. Margie will be speaking at the RWA National Conference in Anaheim next month, both at the Women’s Fiction pre-conference event and a session at the conference. Generous as ever, Margie is donating a lecture packet or a free class to […]

February 6th, 2012

Descriptions That Pack A PUNCH!


By Laura Drake

Isn’t it weird, where you find the ideas for blogs? I never miss Gene Lempp’s Blog Treasures (and you shouldn’t either)!

This week, I found another gem there: Catie Rhodes’ Writing Lessons from Song Lyrics. Go check it out – she has a wonderful point – writers can learn a lot […]

June 15th, 2011

Make Your Writer’s Bookshelf Work For You

by Jenny Hansen

What do you do when you need help with your writing?

I don’t mean when you can’t find the right word or phrase…my critique partner, Sharla Rae, did an excellent job of solving that issue in her “Writing Antifreeze” post a few weeks back.

No, what I’m talking about is the books […]

May 23rd, 2011

Keyboard Shortcuts and Other Amazing Productivity Tips


by Jenny Hansen

As you might have guessed from some earlier blogs, I work with accountants. Accountants’ fingers tap a keyboard, particularly over on the 10-key side, like nothing you’ve ever seen. Seeing the mountains of paperwork that go in and out is nothing short of astonishing during tax season.

Yet, with all that […]

May 9th, 2011

Editing vs. Proofreading: Why This Matters To Your Manuscript

What separates the Amateurs from the Professionals? The ability to both Edit and Proofread. In novel writing, editing is King and proofreading is Queen. […]