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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 53: No Contractions in Dialogue

What’s the worst writing mistake an author can make? It’s a broad one: doing something you think makes you look sophisticated and clever, when really… it doesn’t. 19 more words

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Using Real-World Places to Inspire Fictional Settings

A couple of weeks ago, I was in an extraordinary place: Rotorua in New Zealand, where bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers and steam-wreathed villages create an amazing otherworldly atmosphere, complete with sound effects (gurgle, hiss, splash) and smell (rotten eggs, burnt toast).

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The Inciting Incident and “the Call”

An extremely useful way to look at the Inciting Incident is to see it as “the Call,” as in the Hero’s Journey. The two are identical. 21 more words

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Lessons Learned From 5 Years As An Author Entrepreneur

Five years ago, in September 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur.

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3 More Ways to Spark Passion in Your Writing

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at an excerpt from a previous post titled Ways Writers Can Spark Creativity. Writers are always seeking the spark of creativity that will translate into a flame of brilliance as they write their stories. 6 more words

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How to Get Inspired with a Creative Writing Talisman

Sometimes when we sit down to write, the muse is in full effect and the words pour forth effortlessly. Other times we sit there staring at a blank screen, waiting for creativity to manifest. 15 more words

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Want to Make Money Blogging? Avoid My Biggest Mistake

Lately, I’ve been reviewing the many mistakes I made as I learned to make money blogging. It’s humbling! I started in 2008, and it took until the end of 2011 to get any real traction, in terms of earning.

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