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Mistakes and Masterpieces

In the end, make mistakes. The RIGHT mistakes. Mistakes can eventually become magic even though they make a hell of a mess. Remember that perfectionism is the elixir of the doomed. When has any artist ever created a masterpiece and

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Inspiring Dreams

Never forget that embracing your own fulfillment inspires others to do the same. Living your dream gives others the courage to try. ~ Susan Kaye Quinn

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Author Interview: E.J. Wenstrom

Award-winning author E.J. Wenstrom didn’t considered herself creative enough to be a writer until a mentor encouraged her otherwise. Her Chronicles of the Third Realm War (City Owl Press) is described as “a peculiar mashup of Greek mythology, Judeo-Christian folklore,

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Don’t Spoon-Feed Your Readers

Trigger the theater of your readers’ minds, and each can vividly imagine the story in their own unique way. Evoke, don’t spoon-feed. Get out of the way of your reader’s imagination. ~ Jerry Jenkins

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Author Interview: ML Spencer

Author ML Spencer is a biology teacher by day and a writer by night. In 2011, she published the first book in her Rhenwars Saga, the award-winning Darkmage, and concluded the pentalogy with Darkfall in 2018. The series “is a

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Love Your Writing Journey

There will always be another hill to climb, another goal to reach, a new star to strive for. So learn to love each and every day of your writing journey, no matter how hard it gets. Because success won’t bring

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Writing Character Emotions Just Got Easier

Surprise, this is the second post in one week for me, but I just wanted to let you know The Emotion Thesaurus (Second Edition) by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi is now available. I received my copy in the mail

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What Beginning Writers Misunderstand about Storytelling

Between this blog and the website for SouthWest Writers, I’ve conducted over a hundred interviews in the last few years. The answers I enjoy most involve the writing process, how authors deal with world building and series writing, and what

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10 Tips to Conquer a Writing Block Mountain

Writers often slam into a story wall. Sometimes they find a way to scale it and continue to run and dodge through the rest of the obstacle course to reach “The End.” But sometimes, instead of a wall standing in

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A Must-have Resource for Writing Character Emotions

For the last month, I’ve been part of a Street Team for Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers who will launch a new writing book on February 19th. Because they’re known for showing, not telling, they decided it would be

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