"If you want to change the world, pick up your pen."

Martin
Luther​

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Webinars

In this webinar, I share some key elements I’ve learned over the years that will help writers or aspiring understand the big picture. In the future, I’ll be going into a lot more detail on all of these things.   Download a free 2-page pdf that will help you remember the 10 Essentials Note: These

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Before you send a manuscript to an editor, an agent, or the person who does your layout, there are some things you can do to make sure that everything is as it should be. Many new writers and even some more experienced ones aren’t aware of things like hidden characters, using one space between sentences

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Social media

Is your goal for being on Twitter to convince me to buy your product? If you said yes, it’s okay. However, my question for you is this: “What if I’ve already done it?” I’ve either bought your product or checked it out and decided it really isn’t for me. Now what? If all you do,

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Coming purely from the perspective of a “Follower” on Twitter, my last two posts have addressed some of the things that make me “unfollow” people. Here are some short random things I hate, most of which will make me eventually unfollow you. 1. Posting quotations from other people (usually famous) with no explanation as to

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Getting ideas

A friend of a friend contacted me recently wanting to know how to turn her life story into a book. Since I realized there might be other people with the same question, I decided to post my reply here. In general, there are 4 options: 1. You write out your story so that you can

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Assuming the reader knows who you are is one of the most common mistakes I see both in personal stories and fiction. When using the first person point of view, many writers just start telling the story, assuming that the reader knows who “I” is. I mean, the writer knows who “I” is, so why

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About Me

Hi,

I'm  N. J. Lindquist

I'm the award-winning author of various kinds of books, short stories, personal experience stories, newspaper columns, blogs, and more.

I'm also the editor and co-publisher of the Hot Apple Cider Books.


Since 1992, I've been teaching workshops for writers across Canada. I created this website so I could pass along some of my thoughts on writing here.

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