The Forgiving Eye

by Steve Muir Sounds benevolent, doesn’t it? After all, forgiveness is a great virtue, right? In this case, unfortunately, wrong. The Forgiving Eye is the name I’ve given to a particular phenomenon that afflicts me – and I’m sure, most authors – when it comes to reviewing their own writing. Content is not the problem
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Writing Advice not Eye-Stabbing

Here’s Randy Ingermanson’s writing advice to himself before he became rich and famous. At least it’s the advice he would have given himself when he was young and inexperienced. It is from Jerry Jenkin’s blog. You get good at writing by following these three simple steps: 1) Write a lot. The more you write, the
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How to Write Stories That Appeal to Little Ones: Tips from the Trenches

By Margaret Welwood A children’s book writer, editor, and grandmother offers her take, with links to some of her favorite stories for sharing. Tenderhearted toddler that she is, Eliana loves babies. Here, she’s immersed in the photos of babies and drawings of dancing bees in Laurie Salisbury’s Nothing to Fear. Thousands of Words If a
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Bar Jokes for English Majors (and Authors)

Found this jewel through another blog. Being a wordsmith, I was delighted by each of these and I learned something, too! You should check out her blog, too, by clicking the link. I couldn’t find her name, but she’s a genius! By Bluebird of Bitterness Bar jokes for English majors A dangling participle walks into a
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Improve Your Writing with Story Circles

by Margaret Welwood They say—and I agree—that reading your story out loud helps you to detect awkward places. If you stumble, so will your reader. But what of reading other authors’ stories out loud—stories that you and your (grand)children enjoy? I read at day cares, the museum, the library, and other venues, reasoning that as
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What Do the Best Writers Do?

…That Other Writers Don’t? by Joel Klettke [Editor’s note: While this is specifically for non-fiction writers, don’t miss the golden nuggets here that will smooth the paths for fiction writers.] As someone who both writes and manages a writing team, I’ve often wondered why some writers need very little editing or coaching while others need
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What’s the most terrifying word for authors?

by Gina Burgess Nope it isn’t writer’s block. That’s two words. According to a mountain of studies it’s networking. Of course there isn’t a separate study done just on authors, but studies have included thousands of people in all different walks of life. Networking seems to either instill excitement of discovery in some people or
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Meet Your New Best Friends—Critique Partners and Beta-Readers

  By Pam Lagomarsino   “It’s good. I liked it.” Now, isn’t that what every author dreams of hearing about their book? Not necessarily—especially when are looking for ways to improve. You know that while you’ve worked on your manuscript countless hours, still some areas aren’t where you want them. Yes, the material is good,
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