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Re: Write – My Own Excerpt

Tweet There’s a certain amount of power in editing someone else’s work. In that moment, you are the expert. It can, and should, be a much more humbling experience to edit your own. It took me a long time to learn to edit my own work effectively. And I realized a few weeks ago that, […]

What I Learned About Writing This Week…from Writing Horribly

Having no idea whatsoever how long it might take to rewrite Legend’s Heir (working title), and needing a writing project other than blogging (so that I wouldn’t go crazy), I sat down this past weekend and started rewriting what I am now referring to as The Monster Epic Fantasy Novel (MEFaN) — thereby proving that I have gone crazy.

What I Learned About Writing This Week…from C. S. Friedman

We’re talking prologues, my dear inklings. Should we have them? Or should we cast them upon the cleansing fires of editing and rewrites, never allowing them to mar another of our manuscripts again?

NaNoWriMo Update, Part 2

The infamous, oft-dreaded, murky march of NaNoWriMo Week Two is well underway. We cannot always see the path before us, and the songs are starting to fade to snatches of tune hummed nervously to the light of flickering torches…

On Reading Like a Writer: How to Write within Your Genre

Tweet This week we’re talking about becoming a better writer through your reading, and yesterday I talked about a college class I’m taking on that very topic. So far we’ve read How to Train Your Dragon, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Cinderella Deal, and First Lady. I don’t really read much young […]

What I Learned about Writing this Week…from Words

When you write, you are negotiating a connection with your readers. You’re taking your idea, converting it into written language, and presenting it in words you want your readers to understand. If you don’t choose your words wisely, that understanding won’t take place. You won’t forge the connection…

What I Learned about Writing this Week…from Dreams

When I sleep, my brain goes to the place where creativity flows. When I sleep, my conscious self gets out of the way, and my mind goes down to the pool and drinks deep. I am a writer, and I thirst. Constantly. I’m willing to be that you do, too….

How to Write, Share, and Review with Google Docs (Part 1)

Learn how to get started with Google Docs, so you can take advantage of free cloud storage and easy collaboration and review tools for your documents.

What I Learned about Writing this Week…from Elmore Leonard

We writers are people with ideas…except when we’re not. The initial sit-down-and-start-scribbling-like-mad ideas are not a problem. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ve got that covered. But what happens after the first bout of hectic, joyous franticness fizzles out?

Introductions Are in Order

Tweet Or perhaps I should call it a Character Description. Whatever the case, I’m proud to announce’s newest contributing author, Courtney Cantrell. Courtney is the co-creator of our Facebook writer’s group, Mightier than the Sword, and one of my dear friends. Though we’d run in overlapping social circles for years, I met her through […]