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Writing Craft: Finding Your Author Voice

Voice seems to be one of those elusive things I have encountered as an aspiring author. What is it? How do you know what your voice is? How do you know if it is unique? Until recently, I just avoided the whole issue because it seemed so convoluted.   But the day must come when… Continue reading Writing Craft: Finding Your Author Voice

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Scheduling

  Okay, I’m going to be realistic here. I am a Type B person and like to go with the flow. Schedules are nice, but they are just a suggestion to my reality.   However, the older I get and the more I get into this writing “thing” the more I am beginning to realize… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: Scheduling

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WCW: Creating Well-Rounded Characters – Dark Moment Stories

How do you create a character readers can connect with? It takes more than actions. Heroes and heroines need a past. Read on to find out how to create resonating histories for your characters.

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WCW: Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears

*This is an expanded edition of my guest blog post to Southern Writer’s Magazine on December 14, 2016. Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears     Before becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I taught fifth-grade students to analyze writing. I hadn’t given much thought to applying what I taught to my own writing until… Continue reading WCW: Crafting the Perfect Chapter – It’s Elementary, My Dears

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Writing Craft Wednesday: The Story Equation

Have you struggled with flat characters? Difficult to plot stories? A lack of knowledge on how to correct these issues?   Oh my! I must admit I fall very solidly in this category. After the ACFW Conference, I realized just how much of a beginner I am. It feels like I have scrapped my story… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: The Story Equation

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Writing Wednesday: NaNoWriMo Top Ten

Are you new to the writing scene? Maybe you’ve heard of NaNoWriMo. Maybe you’ve even attempted it or completed it. Maybe you are just even wondering what this crazy abbreviate even means. Well, today my goal is to teach you what it is, give some ideas on how to prepare, and to create/share NaNoWriMo goals.… Continue reading Writing Wednesday: NaNoWriMo Top Ten

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Story Structure

In my search for the perfect story structure and plotting, I have read many books and continue to do so. However, so far, Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Story Structure has been my favorite. I love his linear, clear-cut structure.   Mr. Hauge’s structure is centered around script writing and is very formulaic. Although the percentages are… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: Michael Hauge’s 6 Stage Story Structure

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Prepping for a Writer’s Conference

Okay, so today isn’t really Wednesday. Between all the family craziness and trying to get ready for my first national writer’s conference, I forgot to post until Friday this week.   Desperate for a quick, easy topic I thought I would share about preparing for a writer’s conference in a question and answer format. Feel… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: Prepping for a Writer’s Conference

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Writing Craft Wednesday:Writing in the Male POV – Part 2

Fitzwilliam Darcy Thor   Two great swoon-worthy heroes, and who doesn’t love a swoon-worthy hero? As a writer, I strive to make my heroes the type that makes you swoon despite their flaws.   After learning the devastating truth, that my hero was a girly-man, I sought out to learn how to better craft the… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday:Writing in the Male POV – Part 2

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Writing Craft Wednesday: Writing in the Male POV – Part 1

  “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.” – Genesis 1:27   And boy did he create the differently. Ever heard of the book Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus? I personally have never read the book, but… Continue reading Writing Craft Wednesday: Writing in the Male POV – Part 1