Writing Process

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Developing Better Habits: 8 Takeaways

In the hopes of developing better habits (both as a writer and a regular person), I decided to do a little self-improvement experiment during the month of July. Mainly because I believed my habits were pretty terrible. If this is something you can identify with, I’d love to hear what your habits are and how you go about changing them. This is roughly how it went for me and why I wanted to change them […]

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Clover Lovers Dot Com #BlogBattle

By the time Reshan decided on the profile he wanted to message on cloverlover.com, his heart was in an uproar. All the clovers were all so beautiful and exotic and different from him, but he wasn’t about to ruin his reputation in this new land. He had done that too many times before and he wasn’t about to do it again. So, he decided on one—the best and most well-rounded, symmetrical clover on the site. Hye Rynn. […]

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Very Inspiring Blog Award

This award means that someone thinks I’m a “Very Inspiring Blogger.” I hope there are some out there that follow along with what I do. Either way, I’m happy to be considered for this award! I want to say thanks to my fellow blogger and friend, Sara DeLavergne! If her last name isn’t enough to catch your attention, her stories will be. Click on her name above to find out more about this dynamic and […]

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Counteract by Tracy Lawson

What is Counteract, you ask? Counteract by Tracy Lawson is a Young Adult dystopian novel and is considered Book One of the Resistance Trilogy. A trilogy, huh? You had me at Book One. When Free Will Becomes an Illusion, the Resistance Will Rise . . . I’m here to host the next stop on Tracy Lawson’s virtual book tour for Counteract. So, let’s get started! I met Tracy through our wonderful editor, Susan Hughes, and […]

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Feast or Famine: Why Is It Always Feast or Famine?

Feast or Famine: Why is it always feast or famine? If you know me at all, you’ve probably heard me say the phrase, feast or famine: why is it always feast or famine? I often ask this question because my life seems to circulate in this pattern of feast or famine. One day, I’m lucky to have it all. Things are going for me. My students are being wonderful and kind, calling out to me […]

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9 Steps to Follow When Revising Your Novel

Whether you’re self-editing or taking the advice of a hired editor, there are some basic things you must do when revising your novel. Sometimes this means rewriting the whole thing, sometimes just sections. Today, I’m going to talk about the process of revising your novel once you receive the suggested changes from your editor. Recently, my editor, Susan Hughes, returned my edited 75,000-word novel, Worlds Apart: A Myth Reborn. Here are the 9 steps to […]

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How to Retain your Human Mortality: Some Personal Vows To Live By

You may not have a life bottle to keep your hit points up, but there are always other ways. In my last post, I talked about what to focus on as you move toward publishing, but today I want to talk about something different. I read something on Twitter recently that went like this: “The best form of self promotion is to be a real human. With real interests. No one can talk writing and […]

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What to Focus on as You Move Toward Publishing

Self-publishing is a jungle. When I made the decision to self-publish my first book, Worlds Apart: A Myth Reborn as opposed to going through a traditional publisher, I knew it would be hard work. But, sweet Mother Nature, I never knew it would be this much work.  Write it. Edit it. Publish it. Market it. It’s only four things. How much time could it possibly take? Well, that depends on who you are. If you’re […]

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Self-Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing

What revolution am I talking about? The war between people who can bend the elements, and those who can’t? No. Sorry Amon . . . not this time. I’m talking about e-books! Yes, that’s right—electronic books. And they can be yours at the touch of a button. That is, assuming you have a device to read them on. But, look around you. Your home, apartment, office—is there an e-reader somewhere? The answer is, probably. Or […]