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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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Five Free Ebooks for Writers

(As always, these were free at time of posting, but this may have changed. Check before you hit buy!) How I Wrote My First Book: the story behind the story: Lida E. Quillen, Anne K. Edwards From Amazon: Twenty authors tell amazing stories about the efforts that went into writing […]

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A Few Free Writing Books: Act Fast

Someone shared these with me and I thought I’d share them with you! Disclaimer: I know nothing about these books or their authors. Also, if you want them, I’d move fast. Things tend to go off free a lot more quickly today than they did a few months ago. The […]

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How to Survive NaNoWriMo: Tricks, Tools and Tips

by Jenna Reynolds In less than one week, NaNoWriMo will begin. What is NaNoWriMo? It’s thirty days of fun while you write-by-the-seat of your pants. The goal? To write a 175 page (50,000) word novel by midnight, November 30. What started out with only 21 participants back in 1999 has […]

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Rhett and Scarlett

Check List for Great Book-Carrying Characters

What makes a book or movie special…makes it stick with you long after the cover is closed and the final credits have rolled? The special effects? The car chase? The slapstick comedy? Maybe for a while, but stories that really have lasting power contain one thing, great characters. Scarlett O’Hara […]

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