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Dazzling Dialogue—Part VII

Cut it out! Pare it down. Weed out unnecessary words. Instead of a long, flowery sentence, like this one, sometimes the use of shorter sentences can add sizzle and shine to your dialogue and make it dazzle. Click to Tweet #DazzlingDialogue #amwriting

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Seamless Self-Editing––Part V

Writers write because we love to use words, but let’s face it––even though we say we write for ourselves, we all want to be published and have many others read what we’ve written, for the mutual benefit of ourselves and our readers. That’s why self-editing is important. We must do everything we can to get […]

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Seamless Self-Editing—Part I

You hear it more and more these days. Your manuscript must be “publish-ready” in order for it to be considered. Click to Tweet What does “publish-ready” mean? #amwriting #publish-ready #self-editing For the next few blog posts, we’ll look at this and how you can improve your raw writing into something closer to “publish-ready.” I’ll be […]

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An Update to My Writing Journey

I haven’t written much lately about my writing journey, which is originally why I started this blog, so I thought I’d share an update. Even when things appear to go slowly, sometimes progress isn’t seen until a step back is taken. Today, I’m stepping back and taking an inventory of what I’m involved in that […]

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Writing Emotional Pain – without bleeding too much on your readers

“Please reject.” The email was from a complete stranger. I almost didn’t open it because I thought it was junk mail. Then I thought, oh. Oh. A reject letter. I might as well see who this is really from. I was once told that writing one’s pain makes a compelling read. It’s deep and people […]

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Self Publishing Writing Tips

Last week I shared that I was reading a two books in one set and I could tell it was self-published. How could I tell? Let’s talk about it. Signs of a Self-Published Book First, the story rambled on and on and on. I think the author was trying to write a sweeping saga or something. […]

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