Category Archives: Writing and Publishing Tips

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How to Tell If Your First Novel is Your Practice Novel

One negative side effect from the self-publishing revolution is the tendency of aspiring novelists to rush their development process. They…

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Showing vs. Telling – When It’s Okay to Tell

We’ve all heard the rule: “Show Don’t Tell.” Sometimes newer writers get confused about this rule. They’ll read a novel…

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The Pros and Cons of Critique Groups

There’s some debate about the merit of critique groups, especially for novelists aspiring to write at a professional level. Some…

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5 Ways to Banish Writer’s Block

I don’t really believe in writer’s block. Perhaps it’s the words I quibble with. “Writer’s block” makes it sound like…

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Do You Make These Mistakes When Naming Characters?

We authors have to work hard to make our stories transcend the words on the page and become tangible entities…

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Do You REALLY Have to Write Every Day?

We’ve all heard the advice: write every day. Heck, I’ve repeated that advice. But I’ll be honest. I don’t write…

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How Offering My Book in Print Yielded 4 Surprising Results

When I first published my fantasy novel, Gift of the Phoenix, I almost didn’t offer it in paperback. I knew…

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The Messy Middle – 6 Fixes When You’re Stuck Writing Your Novel

Ah, you’re chugging along at full speed. Your characters are interesting and compelling. Your plot is exciting and captivating. You’re…

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Time Management for Writers and Editors

This past week my mother and I made an impromptu, emergency trip to move my dad from Arizona to Idaho…

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What Happens If You Get a Bad Review?

Before I published Gift of the Phoenix I knew it was inevitable that I’d get bad reviews, because any book…

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