GYMNASTICS FOR WRITERS

GYMNASTICS FOR WRITERS

I attended Felicia Schneiderhan’s “Advanced Fiction Writing” a/k/a “Gymnastics for Writers” workshop at the Midwest Writing Center‘s David R. Collins Writers’ Conference. The workshop used different techniques over the workshop’s three days to stretch the imagination...
HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK’S ELEVATOR PITCH

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK’S ELEVATOR PITCH

So you have written a book. Congratulations! And now your publisher or book format person is asking for a blurb to go on the back of your book to hopefully entice people to read it. How in the world are you going to condense a 250-page (or more) manuscript down into...
A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

A WORD TRICK FOR CREATING ACTIVE SENTENCES

Using the Find and Replace function in Word can help a ton when revising and copy-editing a manuscript. It helps to ensure that you stay consistent and don’t miss correcting a frequently made error. I use it a lot to replace “.  ” (period, two spaces) to “. ” (period,...
SINGING THE PRAISES OF FREE WRITING

SINGING THE PRAISES OF FREE WRITING

I’m not sure if it was the first time I was introduced to freewriting, but the first time free writing really stuck with me was when I read Natalie Goldberg’s, Wild Mind, in high school. I was struck by the concept of just letting the words dump out onto the page...
GET YOUR WRITING DONE – IN MONTHS, NOT YEARS

GET YOUR WRITING DONE – IN MONTHS, NOT YEARS

This post originally appeared on the Book Marketing Tools website in October, 2015 (click here to view it). So you intend to write a book. Many, many people do, but there are just a few who seem to actually get it accomplished. You’re not Stephen King or J.K. Rowling...