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Is the Book You’re Writing a Secret?

My mom is in her sixties and just finished her first children’s book. None of my siblings, or even my father, knew she wanted to write a book, nonetheless wrote one. She wrote and even illustrated the entire thing in secret. I only found out about it when she called to say she had a deal and… Continue reading Is the Book You’re Writing a Secret?

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How I Overcame Writer’s Block

I reached a point in my novel where I’m writing the last scenes leading up to the final chapter. I’ve been consumed with building tension, moving the plot along, and making sure the motivation of my characters makes sense to the reader, so that their actions seem plausible. Over thinking these things caused me to get really stuck.

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Writing Inspiration: Perfecting the First Line of Your Book 

The first line in a book is arguably the most important. This single line introduces the reader to your style of writing, your way of phrasing, and your storytelling ability. Based on this line, they instantly decide if they are intrigued enough to keep reading. Most writing books will tell you that your first line needs to… Continue reading Writing Inspiration: Perfecting the First Line of Your Book 

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A Rare Find in an Antique Store

Along with old bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops, I love visiting good antique stores. There is something about shifting through aisles full of worn trinkets, in library-like silence, to find a treasure. I’m usually on the hunt for old leather books, typewriters, and crystal decanters. I’m so lucky to live in the south, where antique… Continue reading A Rare Find in an Antique Store

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A Writing Resource: The Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures

Every writer needs to do some kind of research for their book, even if they are writing a book of fiction. I have a friend who is writing a book set in Sweden, so she is doing a lot of research about the culture, time difference, and language. My book is not set in a… Continue reading A Writing Resource: The Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures

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What is Your Writing Style: Gardener or Architect? 

“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind… Continue reading What is Your Writing Style: Gardener or Architect?