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Yes! You Need to Build a Twitter Following

by Tim Kane I’ve heard folks talk about needing a twitter following of at least 10,000 before agents or editors will consider you. Hogwash. It’s not the number of followers that matters, but the quality. I know this because I’ve … Continue reading

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Copyrighting: A Sign of Writer Paranoia?

Tim Kane I recall, as a starting writer, I was so paranoid about people stealing my writing that I slapped the copyright symbol on everything. I even employed the poor man’s copyright. I printed out a copy of each short … Continue reading

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Start Writing by Aping Established Writers

by Tim Kane Finding your writing voice is akin to finding yourself in your teens and twenties. It can be a long and daunting progress. Until then, how can develop the basic writing skills needed to compose stories and novels? … 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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Stay on Target

When I start a new manuscript, my mind yearns for an escape valve. All these other writing projects present themselves. Often they are simpler, requiring less creativity. I start to think: I could chronicle the plot arcs in my collection … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Coffee House Writer

Yes, lattes are wonderful. I can always snuggle down in an overstuffed chair and let my thoughts wander with a cup a Joe. But do you really need a coffee house to write? I used to think so. There was … Continue reading

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