Category Archive: Writing Tips

May 18

The Writer’s Secrets

Secrets are normal and we all have plenty of them and that is part of what it is to be involved in the human condition. Most people have more than one and most of us have multiple secrets for varying reasons. In some cases it is the stuff we are embarrassed about. We fear that talking about …

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Apr 20

Character Motivations: A Motive for Change.

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It is always a good idea to map out the motivations that greatly influence how your characters will act and behave in any given situation. These character motives will help guide you through your story and provide believability to the actions the characters take. If you disregard a character’s motives then their actions will not …

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Jan 22

Characterization: Walking a Mile in Difficult Shoes

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One of the most important traits a writer can have is the ability to assume the identity of their characters.  Characterization can quite literally make or break a story.  A truly great movie will have great characterization from both the actor and the writers.  No matter how great a performance an actor gives, a poorly …

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Jul 20

Between Books: Bridging the Gap

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Writing a book is often fairly long process and as a result readers may have to wait up to a year or longer for a return to the world that your last book created. Lovers of your previous work grow to miss the fantastic world you created and it’s characters.   They are usually more …

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Mar 27

Practical Psychology for Writers and Social Media Part 1

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The ability to deal with people effectively is one of the most useful skills you can possess. Knowing how a person thinks and having a general idea what some of their driving motivations are, will provide you with an edge in any form of communication with them. In reality, this ability may very well be …

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Mar 16

When Words Wither: Dealing with Writer’s Block

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There is nothing like the feeling of words flowing through your fingertips into the keyboard as you write your next novel or maybe even a brilliant blog article.  The words become like a melody as the ideas cohere into verses or paragraphs that your reader is really going to connect with.  Your writing is shaping …

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Mar 05

Review a Book and Feed an Author

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Once you have written a book and have gone through all the proper editing steps as outlined in Building a Quality Book, it is time to publish and begin selling your masterpiece.  You are probably filled with excitement as the book officially goes on sale and can barely wait to count all your royalties as …

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Jan 28

Building a Quality Book

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I have been focusing on a lot of marketing in recent posts and one of the things I have mentioned time and again is that marketing is useless if you do not have a quality product.  I have heard salespeople make the claim that they could sell ice cubes to people living in the arctic.  If …

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Nov 23

Overdoing the Setting

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When writing a story that is set in a place that you have not grown up in or spent years living in, you can sometimes fall into the trap of overdoing the setting. Hopefully, you have at least spent some time, maybe a month or two, in your setting and if you have, the things …

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Nov 20

Writing a Great Hero

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The hero is the one character in your story that is going to bring the reader along on their journey to overcome the villain’s obstacles.  Your reader needs a hero that they can identify with and become emotionally invested in.  A flimsy hero will only make for an uninteresting story.  In fact, even a great …

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