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Sittin’ On The Porch – Fran Orenstein – Writing for Children Part Two

Last week Fran joined me on the porch for the first part of her education post about writing for children. She’s back today and we are chatting this out before it starts raining. So sit back and enjoy your sweet … Continue reading

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Sittin’ On The Porch – Author Fran Orenstein – Tips for Writing Children’s Books

Happy New Year Everyone. It already looks like 2016 is going to be a great year. Today on the porch, I have award winning author Fran Orenstein, and she’s got some great information to share with us on writing for … Continue reading

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Writing Tip: Showing Vs. Telling

I love my editor. A published author is NOTHING without a good editor and I’m very lucky to have one in my writing life. I’m working on a few projects, and hope to release the first story in my new … Continue reading

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Pre-Editing Your Manuscript

Years ago I worked with a phenomenal editor on my book The Lost Jewels of Hera. I loved her so much, I’m still with her today. I wanted to share with you the first email she sent me before we … 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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Writing Tip – The Dreaded Synopsis #amwriting

Okay, your manuscript is ready, you’ve mustered up  the courage and you’re ready to submit to an agent or a publisher.  You do your research and you find one or two that you think will be a fit for your … Continue reading

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Dear Author – A Letter From Your Editor – Written by Frank Allan Rogers

Good Morning Writers! I am so lucky to have Frank Allan Rogers back on my blog today. I’m excited to share this letter. The names have been changed to protect the innocent, but there is a great deal of wisdom … 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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