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6 Reasons Why Judging a #NovelWriting Contest Helps Your Career #Writetip #amwriting

Are you writing commercial fiction? Then consider becoming a judge for a writing contest to help your career. Many aspiring authors already know the benefits of entering a writing contest. These days, even the larger regional contests have celebrity judges (a.k.a. literary agents and acquisitions editors.)  Why would these professionals take time from their busy […]

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How to Write Body Language for Fiction Characters #amwriting #wip #Romance #writetip

Novel Writing 101:  Body Language for Fiction Characters   Okay.  Quiz time. You want to convey to your reader that your hero is angry.  What body language would you describe? He crosses his legs. He plants his fists on his hips. He strokes his beard. He chews his pen cap. He leans forward in his […]

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Bust Writer’s Block: Tackle a New Genre to Flex Your Writing Muscles #amwriting #writetip #wip

Recently, I overcame a bout of writer’s block by challenging myself.  Since April is Poetry Month, I entered a poetry contest. Entering that contest while I was doubting my fiction-writing skills wasn’t an easy choice.  I had to overcome my Internal Critic, who was viciously echoing the voice of my high school English teacher.  When I […]

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Writers: Want to Beat the Competition? 10 Tips for Opening Your Novel #amwriting #wip #writetip

Thanks to iPhone downloads, ebooks are competing directly with movies as on-demand entertainment.  That means that the opening pages of your novel have to be more clever than ever if you want to sell your book. I just finished judging a commercial fiction contest for aspiring authors.  Without exception, the entries had the same problem. […]

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The Billion Character Book: A Newbie #Writing Fail @AdriennedeWolfe #writetip #WIP #amwriting

One day, after I became a bestselling author, I dragged out the first manuscript I’d ever finished. Secretly, I had always believed that novel was the most wonderful story in the world. In my not-so-humble opinion, every New York editor who’ d rejected it was a numbskull.  Yes, picture me, gloating in all my new-found […]

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Write #Villains: 10 Tips for #Writing Bad Guys Readers Luv 2 Hate @AdriennedeWolfe #writetip

Write a Villain: 10 Tips for Writing a Bad Guy Readers Love to Hate I love, love LOVE villains!  What could be more fun than booing Darth Vadar?  Throwing popcorn at Dracula?  Or covering your eyes when Leatherface revs up his chainsaw? The ultimate fiction experience – be it a book or a movie – […]

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10 Tips to Make Your #Cozy #Mystery Sell @NancyJCohen #writetip #writing

Want to keep your Cozy Mystery reader turning pages? Then read on! Today’s guest columnist is Nancy J. Cohen, sleuth writer extraordinaire!   Nancy is the author of the writer’s guidebook, Writing the Cozy Mystery, and she comes bearing gifts!  Readers who comment on today’s post will receive an ecopy of her mystery novel, Hanging […]

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#Writing Will Never Be the Same after Helping Kids Read #Books #literacy #YALit #MGLit

Imagine struggling to learn to read, and some crazy writer keeps throwing a curve ball like “THE” onto the page.   (Go ahead.  Try to sound out “THE” using the rules of phonics.  I double-dare you. ) Or imagine yourself in elementary school, wanting to pound your head against the desk every time you trip over […]

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Writing Help for the Hostage Muse #writetip #writing #RaveReviewsBookClub #MFRWorg @AdriennedeWolfe

As a book writing coach, I often get “True Confessions” emails from my students.  These messages – which are full of angst and guilt – start with, “I haven’t forgotten about my writing assignment…” then spew forth every conceivable excuse for ignoring that student’s HEART-FELT WRITING DREAM. (Sometimes I think my novel-writing students confuse me […]

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Story Critiques: Tips for Ending the Trash Talk #writing #writetip #WIP #amwriting #story

One of my favorite literary mottoes comes from Alexander Dumas’s The Three Musketeers:  “All for One, and One for All!”  I’ve often thought that any kind of critique – whether it be of a fiction manuscript or a friend’s hair cut – should be delivered from this rousing spirit of good will and helpfulness. Unfortunately, […]

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