#WriteTip ~ Authentic Voices

There are two very specific “voices” in writing. One can be changed, one can’t. Let’s look at them for one moment.   First, there is your author voice. That special je ne sais quoi that means someone can blindly grab a book, read one line, and know you wrote it. It’s more than just yourContinue reading “#WriteTip ~ Authentic Voices”

#WriteTip ~ Convenient Pitfalls

We’ve all been guilty of this at one point or another, just as so many other writing faux pas. Convenience is fabulous when you need a late night snack or early morning caffeine fix, but it is best left to 24/7 store types and far from your manuscript. There has to be a certain levelContinue reading “#WriteTip ~ Convenient Pitfalls”

#WriteTip ~ Show Me The Feelings!

If you did not read the title of this blog post in Jerry Maguire’s voice, please find a spot on the couch, cuddle with a stuffed animal, and let’s figure out where in life you went so wrong. If you did, in fact, read this in the aforementioned jubilant tone… you may continue. Thinking backContinue reading “#WriteTip ~ Show Me The Feelings!”

#WriteTip ~ My sources

The writing community is an important one. Essential. I know I speak often of the mental and emotional support that you can find there to help you get through the agonizing labor pains that come from birthing a book, but the worth of friends, CPs, and betas extends much further because they educate as well.Continue reading “#WriteTip ~ My sources”

#WriteTip ~ Antagonist vs Villain

Several times lately I’ve seen various writing friends refer to their baddies (and I am giggling because a certain writing friend has threatened to disown me for saying the word “baddie”) as antagonists and villains as though they were interchangeable. This is, sadly, not always true. Yes, Virginia, there is a difference. First let’s seeContinue reading “#WriteTip ~ Antagonist vs Villain”

#WriteTip ~ Connection

One of the hardest critiques (but one of the most necessary ones to hear) is that a reader doesn’t connect to your character. I’ve had this happen a few times and it devastated me. Like a stop writing and question every life choice that has led me to this point level of devastation.   ThisContinue reading “#WriteTip ~ Connection”

#WriteTip ~ Going old school

I have a secret love.   Which, clearly, will not be so secret once I hit publish here, but I digress.   Although I am grateful to every technological genius that made being an author and all things related to a career as such in the twenty-first century just that much easier, I adore actual,Continue reading “#WriteTip ~ Going old school”

#WriteOnFriday ~ Pay It Forward

I love jewelry. I love jewelry that is sentimental. And I am about as mushy as they come so quite a few things fall into that category. None so much as my bracelets. There are three I wear nearly constantly. One, I do wear all the time. Despite the toll it takes on my beautifulContinue reading “#WriteOnFriday ~ Pay It Forward”

#WriteTip ~ Being a Better Beta

This week’s #WriteTip is a brilliant guest post from Deana Birch, author of the newly released FASTER which you can find on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and GoodReads.   As writers, part of our community service to support the amazing authors around us includes reading each other’s unpublished manuscripts. A practice that can beContinue reading “#WriteTip ~ Being a Better Beta”

#WriteTip ~ Motivation

There  is one vital word that should be on repeat in your writerly brain whether you plot or pants, whether you are writing the protagonist, antagonist, or villain. A word you need to have the answer to fairly early on unless you are okay with massive and repeated rewrites.   Why?   Why are yourContinue reading “#WriteTip ~ Motivation”