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Writing for NaNoWriMo!

Writing for NaNoWriMo!

It’s almost NaNoWriMo time! That sounded better in my head. Now that I say it out loud I… never mind. It makes me think of Mork and Mindy. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. I know. We have a month for everything or a day for everything. Maybe tomorrow will be National Take a Donut to Work Day. In November of every year, NaNoWriMo takes place. It’s a time when people around the world sit down and try to…

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Telling People You’ve Written a Book

Telling People You’ve Written a Book

If you’re publishing a book… you need to tell people you’re publishing a book. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. If it does, sit down, take a deep breath and think it through. There are, perhaps at times, reasons to publish under a pseudonym. In that case, maybe you don’t want to tell people around you that you’ve written that specific book. Later on I plan on posting about why I specifically chose not to use a pseudonym….

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Six Ways to Receive Feedback Well

Six Ways to Receive Feedback Well

As a follow-up to Five Ways to Tell You Do Not Want Feedback, I wanted to share six great ways to show you do want feedback and to help you make good use of the time with your “Feedbacker”. I’m sure that’s a word. Don’t look it up. I strongly believe that good feedback on my writing is like gold. It’s often rare, but it is so precious. I have valued the feedback from people more than I can express. Sometimes they…

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Five Ways to Tell You Do Not Want Feedback

Five Ways to Tell You Do Not Want Feedback

Feedback is hard to take. Let’s be honest about that. When you pour your heart and soul into your writing, you want it to be absolutely perfect right out of the gate. The idea that someone could find something less than stellar with what you’ve written is upsetting to say the least. Maybe even earth shatteringly horrible. But, feedback is necessary. Your writing may have some serious problems with it and we all know deep down inside that feedback from…

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Setting Writing Goals Part II

Setting Writing Goals Part II

In the first half of this blog, Setting Writing Goals Part I, we walked through the first three criteria I would recommend for goal setting: achievable, clear and definite. In this post we’ll explore the other two (considerate and satisfying) as well as walk through what this looks like in short and long term goal setting. So, without further ado, let’s dive in and continue from where we left off! Your goals need to be… 4. Considerate Keep in mind…

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Setting Writing Goals Part I

Setting Writing Goals Part I

One of the challenges a writer faces is the simple matter of getting at it. You intend to write. You want to write. You set out to write. You don’t write. Been there? Perhaps your thoughts are disorganized. For a helpful blog on software to assist you in organizing your writing, check out my blog about yWriter and Scrivener. You can also check out Five Great Tools to Help Your Writing. You may, however, already have all the software you…

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A Bit about My Books

A Bit about My Books

If you’ve read through my blog, you likely know the story behind how I came to writing my books, so I won’t bother with this again. My stories are about a boy named Liam who gets sucked into another world where he meets a boy name Ezra. They have to go on a quest, fight some bad guys and stuff. It’s a fun adventure story! My sons are named Liam and Ezra and it was a blast to write the…

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Writing Software: yWriter and Scrivener

Writing Software: yWriter and Scrivener

Writing is a blast! I have so much fun when I write and I find it so relaxing. Writing, however, needs to be organized. It needs to have a flow and there is software out there which can help you do this. In this blog we will explore some of the software which will assist you in everything from chapter descriptions to organizing your chapters and scenes!  Don’t forget to also check out Five Great Tools to Help Your Writing…

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The Self-Publishing World

The Self-Publishing World

Simply put, I want to Self-Publish my book on a budget. I also want to Self-Publish it successfully.I think many people out there would like to do the same two things. Over the coming while, I hope to share some of what I’ve learned along the way as well as what I am currently learning. I’m confident you can also Self-Publish your book on a budget… and do it well. Have you started writing a novel or maybe even finished…

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My Writing Story

My Writing Story

My story starts with shingles. A week later I learned I could die. The shingles weren’t the kind you put on your roof, but the kind which hurt. I woke up one Friday morning with severe pain in my eye. I had never quite experienced anything like this. It hurt, but not all the time. It was like someone was inside there trying to cut their way out with a knife. It took about four days for the doctors to…

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