Category Archives: Craft of Writing

Generosity Will Help You Build Your Book Business

Tara Majuta used her business degree at a financial management firm until she realized it was sucking the creativity right out of her. So she decided to be a novelist instead. To fund that endeavor, she learned about novel writing … Continue reading

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Blog Hop: My Writing Process

Judith Starkston, author of the forthcoming Hand of Fire (Fireship Press, September 20, 2014), invited me to participate in this blog hop and answer four questions about my writing process. I’ve featured Judith twice on this blog, first when she … Continue reading

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Responding to the Call

To Cynthia Neale, getting published has been a spiritual journey, having felt a calling from a young age. “I wanted to be that writer who was always in the attic writing,” she said. “But I had to make a living.” She earned … Continue reading

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Edgar Nominee Credits Luck, Blessings and Perseverance

Kim Fay started writing fiction at age 10 and pitched her work for 35 years before landing a publisher for her debut novel, Edgar award finalist The Map of Lost Memories, published by Random House in 2012 in print, eBook … Continue reading

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Using Social Media to Solve a Murder

Wendy Sand Eckel is a licensed social worker who self-published her first book about helping her dyslexic daughter learn to read and write. That experience convinced her that she wanted to be published the traditional way. Her debut traditionally-published novel, named … Continue reading

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It’s Never Too Early to Starting Branding

Kris Tualla retired from teaching school in 2006 after the youngest of her four children started college. She figured it was time to do something for herself, and she wanted to write romance novels. Of course, she had to learn how … Continue reading

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My Journey

After three decades as a professional writer, I woke up one day with an idea for a novel.”Pffft,” I said to my rumpled morning reflection. “Me write a novel?” With an ounce of prompting from a friend, I tapped out … Continue reading

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It’s a Marathon

  Even when Christine Finlayson was earning her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and her master’s in water resources, she knew what she really wanted to do was write about the environment, especially water. “I was always very drawn to … Continue reading

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Novel Writing 101: Point of View

Nearly every author with whom I’ve spoken has mentioned their early struggles with point of view (POV). The topic is vital to your success as a novelist. What is Point of View? Essentially, POV is the character narrating the story—whether throughout … Continue reading

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Novel Writing 101: Character Development

Writing was the last thing Mark Mynheir wanted to do as he grew up. Being dyslexic, “From my earliest memories, the written word was my enemy,” he said. “I struggled through school kicking and screaming, hating every moment of it. … Continue reading

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