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Words To Cut From Your Manuscript

Here is some great information I found on Diana Urban’s blog. When you’re revising any piece of writing — a novel, a news article, a blog post, marketing copy, etc. — there are certain words you should delete to make the … Continue reading

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How Not to Use Not

I spend a great deal of time reading books on writing and I’ve found a gem.  I know a lot of famous authors have referred people to this book, and I couldn’t agree more.  The book is The Elements of … Continue reading

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How the word “Was” Affects Telling Vs. Showing #amwriting

I must tell you that I am one that constantly wants to improve my craft.  I think we are always developing as writers, and when you find a friend that makes you better, you HANG on to that friend!  I have … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Hooks and Cliff Hangers

Want to keep a reader interested in your book?  The first thing you need is a good hook.  You want to draw that reader in with something edgy within the first few paragraphs, but at the very least the first page.  … Continue reading

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Quality Vs. Quantity In The Self-Publishing World

I read an article in The Huffington Post yesterday that, at first, had me standing up and shouting, “Here! Here!”, then when I’d finished, I was filled with mixed emotions. I’m posting the link so you can read it before … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Lose the Cliché – They’re Dull As Dirt

The definition, according to Dictionary.com, of cliche is : a trite, stereotyped expression; a sentence or phrase, usually expressing a popular or common thought or idea, that has lost originality, ingenuity, and impact by long overuse, as sadder but wiser, … Continue reading

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A Compelling Story Is Not Enough

I started a new book by a new author last night, and while it had a great hook, and the story began with a bang, it is already disappointing. Why? Poor editing. I am so disappointed for this writer. The … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Patience, Grasshopper – Let it Marinate #awriting

I want to share with you a lesson I learned from a very wise young man.  My 20 year old son.  He is quite the visionary attending the University of Florida, hoping to eventually enter the film industry.  Very often he reviews … Continue reading

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Sittin’ On The Porch With Kelly – Author Susan Kite – On Writing Fan Fiction #amwriting

Good Morning Readers! It’s a beautiful day on the porch today. It’s a little warm but we’ve got our sweet tea and I’m excited about this morning’s visitor.  I’ve heard a lot about Fan Fiction and even read some, but … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Stuck on a Scene? Try Changing POV #amwriting

While working on a novel, I got stuck on a scene.  It wasn’t going in the direction I wanted, my characters were two tough guys and were sounding like whiny children, and I just couldn’t get it to work.  My son, an aspiring film … Continue reading

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