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Book Review: Gabriel and the Swallows

Book Review: Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno “For the first time in my life, I felt like a normal person with one

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Writer Interrupted: Writing Amongst Distractions (IWSG July)

6 characteristics writers must have.

Writing requires sacrifices. But chances are, if you’re meant to write, whatever you gave up, you’ll forget what it was in the first place.

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Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron

Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron Publication date: June 7, 2016   I picked this book up from NetGalley, thinking it sounded

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The Difference Between Filtering and Telling

Another Writing Rule The writing world is full of writing tips, writing rules, and general rules of thumb. Bad writers ignore (or don’t know)

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When You Are Not Enough: IWSG June

It’s that time again: Time to consider our failures and insecurities as writers and announce them to the world. And today I’m going to

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The Break Up (IWSG May 2016)

I have a confession to make. I’m breaking up with blogging. Let me explain before you go all “Ross” on me. No, it’s not.

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The Great NaNoWriMo Debate: IWSG April

Overwhelmed? Overcommitted? Yeah. That’s how I’ve felt lately. I’ve missed two IWSGs in a row. In case you haven’t heard, IWSG is the Insecure

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Writing Tip #13

3 Reasons to Write what you love.

It’s been said that we should write what we know. And yet that advice, at times, can feel so wrong.

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Writing Tip #12

Trust Your Reader. As authors we constantly second guess ourselves. It’s practically our job. But since an author’s job description is…description, it comes as

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5 Things You Learn from Writing “Bad” Books

Every author has a “bad” book to their name. Come on, admit it. It’s that book you wrote back in your early writing days,

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