Improve Your Writing and Build Your Community

Join me for two events to improve your writing and build your community. I am thrilled to be speaking at two events in Jacksonville on September 11, 2018. Are books the new business cards? Join me at the Women’s Business Luncheon Meetup on September 11 at 11:30 AM at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails to find […]

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The Power of Message-Driven Content

Magnify Your Ability to Generate Message-Driven Content I had the pleasure of presenting a modified version of my You Magnified presentation to the Northeast Florida chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS) today. If you’re a woman working in Northeast Florida in these two important industries, get to know this dynamic gathering of […]

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4 Questions to Improve Your Nonfiction Book Draft

4 Questions to Improve Your Nonfiction Book Draft So you’ve written your nonfiction book draft. Now what? Getting the first draft out may have been easier than you’d imagined. Perhaps it spilled out of you in a torrent of ideas and feelings and energy. Perhaps it didn’t, and you spilled buckets of blood, sweat, and […]

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4 Tips for Stronger First Drafts

You can write stronger first drafts.   Attend a few writers groups and you’re bound to hear the classic question about writing first drafts: Are you a plotter or a pantser? I’ve heard this question so many times I’ve questioned whether Merriam-Webster has officially inducted pantser into its iconic word tome. (I stopped writing to check, […]

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Writing Resolutions

Making Thoughtful Writing Resolutions It’s a new year, and for many that means it’s time to make writing resolutions. Those among us who write know that in year’s past we’ve pronounced each January 1, “This year I will write more!” This year, however, I am resolving and encouraging you, dear writer, to write not more […]

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Writing Scams and Schemes

If you’ve been writing for any significant amount of time, you know that there’s no shortage of writing scams and schemes out there waiting to trap and trick writers. My favorite place to keep up on what to watch out for and how to navigate the Internet when it comes to writing and the shadier […]

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5 Truths Most Editors Won’t Tell You (But I Will)

You should know these five truths when working with an editor. 1. Lowball rates often equals low-quality service. If a freelance editor is quoting you an unbelievable rate (such as a penny a word), it’s often because they perform quick, single passes over your manuscript, sometimes using only editing software. Be sure you ask how […]

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What plot depends upon

Speaking with youth writers this week about plot. Josip Novakovich writes in FICTION WRITER’S WORKSHOP, “To summarize (at the risk of oversimplifying): Plot depends on passions—on how characters struggle to fulfill them.” I’m dumbfounded sometimes about the inordinate amount of energy spent on methods for plotting and creating “original” plots. I sigh when I hear […]

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Where is your reader?

Where is the reader in your text? Do you have a narrator or a narratee? David Lodge, in The Art of Fiction, explains “the narratee is any evocation of, or surrogate for, the reader of a novel within the text itself.” Does your narrator stand in for your reader? Does he or she or it draw […]

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On the Ideal Conditions for Writing

I think it is probably better to be awake, sober, and drug-free. I suspect those three conditions are probably helpful. But beyond that, I just have to feel like writing. I’m not one of these people who goes to the desk every single day and writes. I wait until my head gets filled with stuff […]

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