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Writing a Novel: The 7 Stages of Fiction Frenzy

Writing a Novel: The 7 Stages of Fiction Frenzy   1. Eureka! An Idea! Nothing is better than that first spark of inspiration.  You feel alive.  In tune with the Universe.  Your Muse is finally cooperating.  You’re buoyed with Hope. Dreams of Success. Visions of gargantuan paychecks. You balk against eating, sleeping, and walking the […]

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National Novel Writing Month Starts Today

National Novel Writing Month Starts Today Want to write a novel?  You’re in good company!  Thousands of writers around the world are gearing up to write 1 whole bonafide novel over the next 30 days as they participate in National Novel Writing Month – which we writers call NaNoWriMo. (Note:  If the links on this […]

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Writers Who Speak: If It Ain’t Fun, Don’t Do It!

There’s only one thing that I enjoy more than writing, and that’s talking about writing! At a recent 90-minute workshop that I delivered to a group of writers in Houston, I remembered why I delight so much in live presentations:  I get live feedback!  I’ve deduced over the years that I’m more animated than the […]

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Develop Your Intuition to Tap the Writing Muse!

  Writing fiction has always felt like magic to me — especially when I’m in the creative flow, and ideas are pouring through my brain faster than I can type.  I’ve heard other writers describe this flood of imagination  as the whispering of their “Writing Muse.” But what exactly is a Writing Muse? Back in […]

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Beware the Trolls: Never Let Anyone Crush Your Writing Dream

  As a college freshman, I was excited to make the cut in my first Creative Writing course.  I was the youngest student in a class full of juniors and seniors.   My goal, even then, was to write commercial book-length fiction – particularly Romance and Fantasy novels. When my Creative Writing professor learned that I […]

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Writing Novels That Sell: New Video Released

  Writing Novels That Sell My passion is to help fiction writers live their publishing dream.  That’s why I developed my website, WritingNovelsThatSell.com.    I believe in writers helping writers.  There is so much wisdom to be gained from the wonderful talents in our community!   I sincerely believe that I would not have been published […]

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How to Write a Novel: Tip #3 Emotion Sells Books

Tip #3 in the How to Write a Novel: Best Practices series:  Emotion Sells Books To write a genre fiction story is an emotional experience.  To READ a genre fiction story must also be an emotional experience.  Why? In the immortal words of Literary Agent Ethan Ellenberg, “When you move readers emotionally, you sell books.” […]

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Jealous Cat Tackles Wolf: A True Tale from My Writing Life

Ever see the door plaque, “My cat lets me live here”? Yeah. That’s how it works around the ol’ deWolfe Den, too. I share my writing space with Prince Rael the Magnificent – which is to say, a Four-Footed Fiend deigns to let me meet my writing deadlines, while he listens to Mozart and dozes […]

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Fiction Writers: Not All Writing Advice is Created Equal

When fiction writers are starting their careers, they often don’t know how to discern between writing advice that will advance them toward publication, and writing advice that is useless – or even detrimental – to their publication goals. In their eagerness for story critiques, fiction writers often surrender sections of their book manuscripts to any […]

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SEO Content Writing: Boost Page Rank with Inbound Writer

Search engine optimization (SEO) content writing can be a bear if you don’t know all the tricks for getting your blog posts optimized to achieve the best Google page rank.  Fortunately, there’s a handy plugin called Inbound Writer that can help bloggers focus their posts. You can easily create website content that boosts your SEO page […]

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