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The Venn Diagram Stage of Writing

by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta I’ve long had good luck dividing writing into distinct stages and forcing them not to mingle: first there is the brainstorm stage (usually takes place on hikes or in the shower, but occasionally in the middle of the night when I wake to feed the baby). […]

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Writing the Cozy Mystery

 by Nancy J. Cohen How do you plot a mystery? Ask ten different authors, and you’ll get ten different responses. Everyone’s method is unique. However, genre conventions dictate that certain reader expectations must be met. In a cozy or traditional mystery, readers expect a puzzle to solve, an amateur sleuth, […]

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Critque Groups can be a Blessing and a Curse

Insecure Writers? Unite!

Guest Post by Alex J. Cavanaugh It all began with an off-handed remark to a fellow author about a support group for writers. A sign up list was offered and on September 1, 2011, we had our first group blog posting with about forty writers participating. Two and a half […]

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A Diet Program for your Writing

A Diet Program—for Your Writing!

You want the essence of your writing to come through, but needless words and phrases can get in the way and weigh down your prose. Solution: put your writing on a five-step diet.

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The #1 Way to Get Inspired!

New Year’s Resolutions? Goals? I know, I’ve heard all the “goals aren’t good” and “resolutions set you up to fail” and wondered why I enjoy making them so much. In an earlier post wrote about goal setting in terms of making them into dreams (see Dreaming Wide Awake), which for me […]

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