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Kendra C. Highley, Author of THE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT MATCH (Suttonville Sentinels #3) Talks About the Best and Worst Writing Advice She Ever Got (with a giveaway!)

The best (and/or worst!) writing advice I ever got was… When you’re new to writing and joining critique groups to improve your craft, the advice flows like milk and honey. For any parents out there, it’s a lot like when you have a new baby and experienced parents can’t wait to share their wisdom. The hard part in either case is knowing what works and what doesn’t. The best piece(s) of advice I received when I was starting out were: Read in your genre, and don’t quit. Both of those things are hard, believe it or not. I was an…

Shannon Lee Alexander, Author of LIFE AFTER JULIET, Offers Camp “NaNoReMo” Advice!

In case you missed it, I reviewed Shannon’s LIFE AFTER JULIET here! (Spoiler alert–SO GOOD!)   Hello, Campers! It’s Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) time! Anyone ever thought about writing a novel in a month? No? Me either. Some people can be creative under pressure, but I don’t work that way. My creativity shuts down in a big hurry when I’m being pushed to create. Now, if it were Camp NaNoReMo (National Novel Revision Month), then I’d be totally game. I’d be the first one sitting around that campfire singing Kumbaya! We could sit around roasting marshmallows and feeding the…

Katee Robert, Author of FOOLPROOF LOVE (Foolproof Love #1), Shares Her Best (and Worst!) Writing Advice (with a New Release Review and Giveaway!)

The best (and/or worst!) writing advice I ever got was… Writing advice is one of those things that is always around. You see memes, hear advice in writing panels, and read countless blog posts. Even years into this career, I still like checking out the newest writing advice, because you never know what will stick. That said, the one that is constantly making the rounds is the very same writing advice that is the worst I’ve ever had. Write what you know. So many people take this as meaning that they can only write stories like ones they’ve lived through, can only write…

Barbie Bohrman, Author of SOMETHING MORE THAN THIS, Talks All Things Writing (with a giveaway!)

 Enter to Win a $25.00 Amazon eGift Card  and a Kindle Fire HD 6″ Barbie Bohrmna Talks All Things Writing What inspired me to write Something More Than This? The main inspiration for this story was my very first crush growing up. Without naming names and going into too many details, there was a boy who lived around the corner from me who I thought was the greatest thing since sliced bread. He never knew until it was too late how I felt about him. And when he found out, I was so nervous about it that I actually threw…

Lily Velez, Author of THE SECRETS WE KEPT, Talks About Writer’s Block (Spoiler alert–it doesn’t exist…but the giveaway does!)

How to Deal with Writer’s Block [Lack of Planning] This is probably one of the most popular questions an author receives, and I’m happy to share my insights about writer’s block in hopes that more aspiring writers will know the truth, which is that writer’s block does not exist. What we refer to as ‘writer’s block’ is instead typically one of three things: fear, resistance, or lack of planning. In this guest post, I want to discuss lack of planning because I believe that many an unfinished story has met its early demise simply because there was no plan in…

Helen Goltz, Author of THE CLAIRVOYANT’S GLASSES on Naming Characters (with a giveaway!)

Naming a Character and Other Tough Decisions by Helen Goltz Okay, it’s not like you are naming your first-born, but it might as well be. That name you choose for your characters must reflect the character through thick and thin; they have to live up to it or down to it; it might have to be sexy or tough or mysterious. When choosing a name for my masculine stars in The Clairvoyant’s Glasses, I chose the name Lukas for my male witch because it was sexy, interesting and old-world. It didn’t lend itself to nicknames. For the street-smart police officer…

Ten Things You Should Know if You Want to be an Author from Rosa Sophia, Author of OVER THE IVY WALL (with a giveaway!)

Read on for some excellent advice from Rosa Sophia–and a giveaway! Ten Things You Should Know If You Want To Be An Author By Rosa Sophia   One: Patience is key. If you aren’t patient with yourself, patient with your growth as a writer, and patient when it comes to waiting for publishers, agents, or editors to get back to you, then you need to learn patience. Patience will get you much further in life than being hasty. Two: Writing is not easy. Someone who is dedicated to their craft needs to constantly work on improving it. Three: Always look…

ASHLEY’S DREAM Author B.R. Kingsolver Shares 10 Things Aspiring Writers Should Know (and a Giveaway!)

YES to #3 especially! 10 things you wish every aspiring writer would know: All writing needs editing. No one is qualified to edit their own writing. Typos, misspellings, homophone confusion, and poor punctuation pull the reader out of the story. Writing should be invisible. The reader should never notice the writing, only the story. If someone thinks a section or a sentence is confusing, there will be other people who think so. Don’t fall in love with a sentence or a scene, if it needs to be revised or cut to make the story better, then bite the bullet. Unless…

Mike Hartner Author of I, JAMES (Eternity series #2) Tells Us Why He Loves the Surrey International Writer’s Conference…with a Giveaway!

Ever consider going to a writer’s conference? Mike Hartner tells us all about his favorite! Why I love the Surrey International Writer’s Conference I have to confess, I’m not an expert.  I regularly attend the Surrey International Writer’s Conference (SiWC), and I love every minute of it. In Surrey, the hotel is populated by a large number of very well known experts in their community.  Donald Maass, one of the writing world’s most prolific agents, speaks about composition and character, as well as pitch.  Sean Cranbury, a social media guru, speaks about integrating social media into the author’s life, and leads…

Pamela DuMond, Author of THE MESSENGER, Shares Some Writing Advice (with Giveaways!)

Please help me welcome Pamela DuMond here today, sharing some of the writing lessons she’s learned! Note to self–if ever have an occasion to have an author pic taken, be sure to wear tiara! (Yes, I have one. Okay, two. Doesn’t everyone?) The best/ worst writing advice I ever got was… By Pamela DuMond   Hi, Becky! Thanks for having me on your blog! This post could be a book in itself or simply the words in the Nike ad, “Just Do It.” When the writing bug hits you—everyone will have some kind of opinion about what you’re writing, or…

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