Monthly Archives: November 2016

15 Do’s and Don’ts for Writers: Holidays, Family, and How to Deal with Them

Uh oh.

It’s Aunt Dolores. 

You can smell her leaning over your shoulder (too much perfume with a hint of wet cat).

She thinks she’s sneaky, her laser-pointer eyes locked on your screen.

You try not to cringe. You close your screen, grateful that you weren’t working on that “romantic climax” scene in act three.

“Soooo!” she chirps, “Your mother tells me you want to be a writer!”

Turn, smile, and pray that she won’t ask you-

“And what are you writing? It better not be any of that spacey, science-y nonsense.

She keeps talking without giving you time to answer…

“You know what books you should write? You should write like that one author, you know who I mean – oh, he’s so dreamy, you know the one-”

This one is for all the writers who will get cornered by family members this holiday season.

Read this and you will be more productive during this most trying time for writers.
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How to Take Any Story from “Boring” to “Dangerously Exciting”

Here’s a secret:

Your readers can feel you.

When you smile, they will laugh.

Write something that makes you tear up, and their eyes will sting.

The bad news? When you get tired and bored with your story (this happens a ton during NaNoWriMo or other long writing “campaigns”)…

…your readers will too. They will use your book as a pillow. They will drool all over the cover. And when they wake up, they probably won’t pick up your book again.

How can we fix this? What should a writer do when they “just don’t feel it anymore?”

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Harry Potter and the Irresistible Chapters

How to Make Every Chapter an Irresistible “Page Turner.”

Short post, (because I’m kicking NaNoWriMo’s ass).

Let’s say, you just wrote a chapter.

You worked hard on it. You followed the outline. You’re pretty sure it’s the greatest thing anyone has ever written.

Until, a week later, you re-read it …

…it’s a boring, drivel-ly, snot-filled MESS.

When did this Chapter get so boring?

There is a fix. This technique will instantly make all your chapters irresistible page turners, and readers will glue themselves to your book:

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How to write engaging characters who feel Alive and pop off the page

Image courtesy of Nathan Rupert via Flickr Creative Commons. I promise, the pirate is relevant at the end.

Alright, short post.

Because NaNoWriMo.

You want your main characters to feel three dimensional?

Like real people, and not characters in “a fan-fic of a fan-fic that you read on some backwater internet forum” story?

Read this post to find the EASIEST way to write engaging characters who pop off the page.

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The 5 Keys to Succeed (and Stomp All Over) NaNoWriMo

Only an an unstoppable killing writing machine will find success from NaNoWriMo.

You need to obsess.

You need laser focus.

But most of all, you need a secret weapon…

This post will replace your normal, boring human feet and replace them with a set of iron clompers.

With these, you will stomp all over NaNoWriMo like it’s made of bubblewrap and empty eggshells:

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