Tag I’m It! A Writer’s Game of 7

Unusual for me to post on a Friday but I was tagged by Alyssa Palmer, in a game of LUCKY SEVEN. A writer tagged in this game goes to page 77 of their WIP  (or in my case, my latest release, finds line number seven, and copies the next seven lines.  Who could resist? These lines can be found in Family Ties available here. The aroma was enticing. The spicy layers dripped with mozzarella – his favorite cheese. The kids were still talking...

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January 27 Mashup: Writing Sites

100 Tips to alleviate doubt:  http://janefriedman.com/2012/01/20/100-tips-to-alleviate-self-doubt/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JaneFriedman+%28Jane+Friedman%29 Do best seller lists matter?  http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2012/01/myth-of-bestseller.html The Bookshelf Muse had so many interesting focused blogs that it’s hard to single one out.  But take a look at this one on  avalanches.  This...

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WRITING WORKSHOPS: 21 Steps to Fog-Free Writing

In September I had the pleasure of taking this class from Writers Online Classes, with returning instructor Don McNair.  The class advertisement read: Publishers and agents reject 99 percent of received manuscripts after simply glancing at their first chapters.   This class shows why your own manuscript was rejected . . . and how to fix it! Don McNair, a professional writer and editor for forty years, discovered the answers years ago while...

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Bandit Creek Books – a Life Changing Opportunity

Not many of us get the chance to change our lives through the generosity and action of others.  I’m one of those few. After the Annual General Meeting of my writing chapter last June, a group of writers were sitting around playing the ‘what if’ game.  This can be a dangerous activity for writers.  With our imagination and creativity, almost anything can come out of such a conversation. And last June, Bandit Creek Books was born.  ...

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Writing Groups – What do You Need?

Nine years ago I was in a writing group that frustrated me to no end.  Very few members were submitting.  No one was looking for an agent.  I wanted a career as a published author and I was actively submitting to editors and agents.  I went to conferences and took online classes.  I was like a fish out of water. I felt like the only one who was out of step with the group.  I wasn’t.  But it felt like it.  And when this group brought in...

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