Write in the Middle of the Holidays

By Gina Burgess I didn’t make up that title, Ann Kroeker did, but it is great advice. But how to squeeze it in? Oh my goodness, there is so much going on! Christmas cheer, lots of people-crush in stores, and each day brings us closer to, what I believe, is the best holiday of the
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The Famous First Line

by Gina Burgess Google tells me that I have to have what the post is about in the first line. It is about first lines and how crucial are they? Kinda boring first line isn’t it? I had the misfortune of getting sick over Thanksgiving. It was the first Thanksgiving that I’ve ever spent alone,
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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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Websites and Individuality

by Genevieve Fosa There are a few websites where I like to keep a fairly constant finger, plus my novel writing, which is one of the reasons for all the online publicity that I am beginning to do. Beating my own drum is never easy. Especially when I was carefully taught to keep it hidden
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Pricking the Reader’s Heart

By Gina Burgess I put a book down to get some water, and found myself praying for one of the characters. Now THAT is character development. He wasn’t even the main character! I needed to analyze it and see why my heart was pricked so by that character. Georgette Heyer could sometimes elicit in me
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What are we teaching our children through books?

By Margaret Welwood Most of us want to instill a love of books and learning in the lives of children—and what else might we be teaching them? Whether you’re a home educating parent evaluating materials, or someone who simply enjoys reading stories to young children, it’s interesting to think about the values we’re passing on
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Blog? Why? Blog What?

by Gina Burgess Over and over we hear that authors need to blog in order to build their platform. They need to be reachable and online touchable, or so we’re told by the publishing gurus. Why? There are lots of reasons, but I’m pretty sure the main reason is that when readers become fans they
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Overcoming Storms of Doubt in Writing

by Pam Lagomarsino Although it was March, my area suffered a record-breaking destructive storm. At the height of it, we were trapped in our small mountain community on four sides. No one could come in or go out for about two hours as we waited for a dam to break and heard news of roads
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Ideas for Author Income Streaming

by Sarah Tun I recently had a chat with a colleague who was feeling a bit low about their current lack of book sales. We’ve all been there! It prompts me to share this with you… Writers need income, which rarely comes from the books they create. With so many books on the market and
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