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The Push to Write Nonfiction

In August, Forbes ran an article headlining the fact that traditional publishers sold more nonfiction than fiction. For an author, something like that might make you wonder, “Am I writing the right thing?” When most people think about writing a book, they either think of writing the Great American Novel or a self-help book about …

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Five Motivators for Getting Unstuck during NaNo

If you’ve been writing long, you’ve heard it all. You tell someone you’ve got writer’s block and they pronounce some cure. Writers everywhere have heard it a million times. We’ve all gotten advice about ways to get unstuck 1. Make a list 2. Fill up an index card (because it’s less daunting than a page) …

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It’s Nearly November. You know what that means!

October waxes and wanes. Or is that the moon? Either way, in just a few days the most insane month of the year will be upon us. If you’ve been following me for a least a year, you know what I’m talking about. National Novel Writing Month What is it? November has been adopted by …

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What to Write Next: Blues Writer Style

I’ve got the blues. Since sending my two fiction books to beta readers in late January, I have been floundering for true writing direction. Fiction or nonfiction? That is the question. Let’s face it, most people who dream of writing, dream of writing a knock-out, impossible-to-put-down novel. They want to weave the perfect story with …

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Am I a “real” Author yet?

I’m coming up on two years as a full-time writer. I have spent hours writing words, days editing them and months submitting the resulting stories to appropriate markets. And still I wonder: at what point does a person feel like an author? When the first acceptance letter comes? I’ve got two, and I still feel like …

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Words of Power

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” – Proverbs 18:21 Langston Hughes spoke to me in his poem “A Dream Deferred.”  Many other words, written and spoken, altered my chosen path on the highway of life. A similar conversation happened on the phone recently. I took a class from WANA International, which I …

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