Writing Tips

FROM SPARK TO SAGA: The Art of Harnessing a Raw Idea for Your Novel
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By D.J. Williams The Relentless Pursuit of Storytelling Storytellers are obsessive about hunting for the next epic saga, comedic blockbuster, emotionally packed family drama, or shocking twists that leave audiences…

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What’s The Hardest Thing About Being A Writer?
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Randy Overbeck explores the challenges that come with being a writer, and what keeps him going! read more
She Released the Breath She Didn’t Realize She Was Holding
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Clichés in storytelling are like those well-known beats in a once catchy song—played so often they’ve lost their surprise and become background noise. As an author with a voice that’s distinctively your own, you hold the power to venture beyond these common turns of phrase. Let go of these ‘comfort phrases’ that have overstayed their welcome, and instead, infusing your writing with expressions that are uniquely yours—paving the way for stories that capture the heart and spark the reader’s imagination. read more
The Writing Advice that Helped Me Grow as a Writer
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Today, Dan Rice joins us to share how thoughtful writing advice has shaped and improved his work. Dan spotlights his journey of growth as a writer and how targeted exercises, such as short story assignments, accelerated his development and expanded his creative horizons. With a commitment to refinement through trial and error, Dan’s story is a testament to the resilience and progression inherent in the writing process. Tune in to learn from his experiences and enrich your own writing path. read more
A FEW LESSONS LEARNED
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Today Randy Overbeck, with five novels, twelve awards, and two bestsellers in his portfolio, reflects on the key lessons learned from his writing journey. read more
NEW WRITER ASPIRING TO BE AN AUTHOR – BEWARE!
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Award-winning author Nina Purtee joins us today, taking readers from the high of completing her manuscript to the bold decision of withdrawing her works from a publisher to venture into self-publishing. With candid insight, she lays bare the tough realities of the publishing world, the hurdles she faced, and the deliberate changes she embraced to forge her path to success, showcasing how resilience and self-reliance can lead to unforeseen triumphs. read more
Metadata: What Is It and Why Is It So Important?
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The manuscript’s journey from polished draft to publication hinges on the author’s comprehension and provision of essential metadata, facilitating its navigation through the publishing process and enhancing its discoverability and marketing potential. read more
Cultivating Inclusive Narratives: Enhancing Indie Publishing with Sensitivity Readers
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Sensitivity readers have emerged as vital allies for indie authors over the past decade, playing a crucial role in shaping inclusive and authentic narratives that resonate deeply with diverse audiences. read more
Storytelling with Purpose: Echoing MLK’s Message in Today’s World
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As we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let’s consider how we, as writers, can contribute to his enduring vision of equality and justice. read more
Jumpstart Telling Your Story: Creating a Timeline
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JoAnn Vega discusses the value of constructing a personal timeline to unearth and organize one’s family history. She likens this process to a detective’s work, emphasizing its role in self-discovery and connecting with one’s ancestry. Vega’s method offers a unique lens through which to view and understand personal identity and history. read more