Monthly Archives: April 2012

Don’t Get Dragged Down by the Power to Change

Just because you can change an ebook or a webpage, doesn’t mean you should. We’ve reached an age  where edits can be made in seconds. Books can be revised and put back in circulation in a day. The temptation to … Continue reading

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Improve Your Writing With Music

Penned by the Mighty James R. Riffel These days, I pretty much limit my music listening to two acts—The Beatles and Pat Metheny. Couldn’t be more opposite, huh? Classic vs. current, rock and pop vs. jazz, short vocally-based tunes vs. … Continue reading

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Four Simple Ways to Promote Your Book

Authors are constantly looking for ways to increase discoverability. How to get readers to find (and ultimately buy) their book. Below are four ways to get your book in front of potential readers. Create a Blog Honestly, you need one. … Continue reading

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Stop Feeling Your Writing

How often does this happen to you? You yearn for a descriptive phrase, only to muck it up. I could feel the glop slithering down my hand. It sounds great, but do you really need the word “feel”? The sentence … Continue reading

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Make Writing Your Number One Priority

We’re all guilty. Work piles up. Real work. The kind of stuff that pays the bills or keeps the house running. We feel guilty about taking time to travel into fiction land to write. So we say: “I’ll get the … Continue reading

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Save the Best for Now

So many times as I’m writing, I think, “This would be great for the sequel.” Soon, I have all this amazing material—characters, plot events, settings—that will appear. Someday. In a sequel to a book that hasn’t been published. That’s my … Continue reading

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Layering Flavors in Your Writing

I am on an eternal quest to link writing with cooking. If I could simply saute my words over a medium heat, I’m sure I could whip up some splendid prose. I recently attended a cooking class (a gift for … Continue reading

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