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  • Motivators

    How to Start Writing

    Start writing right now! All you aspiring, but hesitant writers, what’s holding you back? As soon as you leave this blog take a pad and begin making notes. Do you have a poet’s heart? Maybe the great romance lurks in your soul. A haunting mystery or a blockbuster adventure is ready to be written. Biography? Spy novel? Whatever your passion,…

  • Writers' Tools

    Book Clubs

    Through my interaction with book clubs, I learned often clubs emphasize different types of books. Some specialize in historical, ethnic, female-only, biographies, non-fiction/fiction, political, social issues or other single-theme works. However, I believe it broadens the readers if they sometimes go outside their normal themes. For instance, for those groups who may read only books by female authors, why not…

  • Books I Like

    Two Books I Like

    There are two books I like that some of you may find interesting. The Not So Big Life by Sarah Susanka is a guide for people who are thinking about downsizing their lives and getting rid of the clutter.  The author is an architect by training and likens life to the places we live.  Just as we want to get the most…

  • Personal

    Words Are Powerful

    Last week while browsing through a bookstore, I saw a toddler about two years old. He was sitting on his heels, as only small children can, looking in a book. There were only pictures on the pages, but he was talking to them, babbling really. Just then his mother walked up and asked “Have you selected the book you want?”…

  • Motivators

    Ten Resolutions for All You Writers

    1. Write Everyday Time is a valuable resource. Make it work for you. Writing everyday moves you closer to project completion and chips away at the distance between conception and goal. You are adding value daily. Don’t wait to feel like writing; develop the disciplined habit of setting aside time everyday. If you are stuck, then review previous passages that…

  • Writers' Tools

    Engage Your Readers with Details

    1. Don’t leave your readers wondering, say what you mean e.g. ‘Under the circumstances, he hesitated.’  What are the circumstances?  Try this: ‘He’d exceeded his credit limit and didn’t want to apply for a loan, therefore he hesitated.’ We’ve added details. Explaining what the circumstances are gives more information to the readers. This additional information leads them to wonder about the reasons he is…

  • Writers' Tools

    Write Your History

    If you’re thinking of creating a family history, don’t wait another day. Start where you are with what you have. You probably have more information available than you realize. Here are some resources you may already have: (1) Older relatives, (2) family friends, (3) school records, (4) birth certificates and death certificates, (5) funeral programs, (6) information on cemetery headstones,…

  • Writers' Tools

    Writer’s Tools: Part 4

    Writing Craft When you’re learning to write, especially fiction, you learn the importance of drawing the reader into the story in the first paragraph or two. One of the most thrilling beginnings I have read came in the mystery novel Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. There is no way you can put this book down once you have read the first…

  • Writers' Tools

    Writer’s Tools: Part 3

    Characterization: Part 1 Characters tell the story. They should be memorable. The reader should be able to visualize them in all their moves. A writer must know her characters. Everything about them is important in developing their actions in the unfolding story. When the author knows her characters, they will take the lead and only act in ways that are…

  • Writers' Tools

    Writer’s Tools: Part 2

    The power of observation is an important tool for all story tellers. For instance, when describing such things as colors, shapes, feelings or sounds, if the writer has carefully learned to observe these phenomena, she is then able to layer her descriptions. Observing nature is an excellent method when studying appropriate colors and shapes. A leaf is not just green; it…