What to do with your idea for a novel or short story

If you’ve been in one of my workshops where I talk about writing fiction, I usually hand out small cards with these words on them: character, setting, plot, theme. For me, they are the four corners of all good fiction. But when you begin a story, you usually have only of these things: a character […]

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Substantive editing: the all-too-often missing ingredient

As more and more books are published by individuals or by companies who want the manuscript to be near-perfect when it arrives, the one thing that is less likely to happen is good editing. I’m talking about the kind of editing where someone who is an expert in the genre takes apart the manuscript and […]

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When your sole Twitter goal is to sell your product

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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8 random things that make me “unfollow” people on Twitter

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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How to make me want to check out your link on Twitter

Yesterday I talked about how to improve your chances of selling me something on Twitter. Today it’s about using links. And why I don’t like being told what to do. Okay, I get it. You want me do something (read this, buy this, look at this, etc.). But all too often, you don’t tell me […]

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How to improve your chances of selling me something on Twitter

I’ve been on Twitter pretty well since it began in 2006. And most of the time, I love Twitter. I use it to follow people or businesses or teams that I’m actually interested in. I find it cool that I can sometimes connect with someone who I’d never have a chance to connect with otherwise. […]

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Why don’t I just quit writing?

This is a guest blog by Violet Nesdoly, a freelance writer from BC whose special interests are writing non-fiction, fiction, activities, and poetry for Children, and writing articles, devotionals, and poetry for adults. I have to say I totally relate to Violet’s feelings and believe many other writers will too. It’s also why I feel […]

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I love the book “Write Away” by Elizabeth George

I’m having lots of warm, fuzzy feelings while finally reading a book I picked up by chance last summer. The book is Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life, by Elizabeth George, author of more than a dozen great mystery novels. Part of the reason I’m enjoying it is that I […]

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The nasty practice of ghost-writing

As you can see from the title, I have strong opinions on the practice of ghost-writing. As a reader, I think work-for-hire or ghosted books or articles that don’t give appropriate credit to the actual writer are morally and ethically wrong. It’s lying, and when I find out the truth, I feel cheated. I absolutely […]

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