Category Archives: Writing Craft

Review of Story Sparks by Denise Jaden

Many creative writing books cover the mechanics of writing a novel. Story Sparks: Story Sparks: Finding Your Best Story Ideas & Turning Them into Compelling Fiction helps writers find a great story idea before writing hundreds of pages. Anyone who has been hamster-wheeling a … Continue reading

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The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss

The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss (May 2017)  – A Review  I know the power writing — even making the commitment to write your story — has to heal. 24 hours after … Continue reading

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A Talk with Judy Reeves, author of Wild Women, Wild Voices

When I first began gathering material for my book, I scribbled down a list of words that came in a spontaneous writing. All of these speak of wild woman to me. Continue reading

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Wild Voice — Writing with Authentic Expression

Every writer has a beautiful, authentic, wild voice. This is where we start early on, using our imagination and our natural wildness to express the stories our creative minds conjure. Continue reading

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Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over

A Review Writers, agents and editors agree that Jeff Herman’s Guide is the go-to reference for authors who want to publish with a traditional publisher. It helps you get past the slush pile and into the hands of the pros … Continue reading

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How to Grow Your Business as a Published Author… and Impact More Lives With Your Message

Have you dreamed of writing a book or becoming a successful published author? Do you have a valuable message that will help transform lives and your business? Continue reading

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5 Key Steps to Create Memorable Characters

Guest article by Denise Jaden, author of What makes you fall in love with a story? For me, it is usually the vivid, memorable, and deeply-intricate characters, brought to life on the page. But how do we create the kind … Continue reading

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What if . . . ? A Key Question for Your Book

When you make time to distill your story down to a one-sentence summary or What If, you confirm that you know the story you want to tell and you direct your focus onto that story’s key elements. Continue reading

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Directions from Your Creative Compass by Dan Millman & Sierra Prasada

We’re all intuitively aware that works of invention begin with an idea and emerge from ritual and labor. Yet it remains mysterious how a finished book, for instance, could have started as a draft. Continue reading

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How to Research A Novel or Memoir: A Soul Journey to Latvia

Plenty of authors have written successful novels without visiting the places they wrote to research the novel. But I traveled to Latvia, my key novel setting. Continue reading

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