Tools To Make Your Writing Life Easier

Tools To Make Your Writing Life Easier

I often share writing tips and indie publishing shortcuts in the Writers’ Forum at the end of each month, but today I’m writing an entire article devoted to my favorite products and platforms that make my life easier. These are my secret weapons! (Well – not so secret anymore!) Some of these are free and some are well-worth the money, depending on where you are in your publishing journey/adventure.

Tips to Manage Your Inner Writing Critic with Tracey Kathryn

Tips to Manage Your Inner Writing Critic with Tracey Kathryn

Welcome to May, writers. In Wisconsin, it’s a month of flowers, sunshine, end-of-school events, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. May is a wonderful kick-off month to summer.

Critique Groups: What to Expect While Building Trust

Critique Groups: What to Expect While Building Trust

Welcome to our new normal, writers. April is a time for showers and flowers. Except this April, which has been a time for tears and fears, unfortunately. My heart goes out to those who have suffered directly from this terrible illness. I pray for those who have lost family members, friends, and neighbors.

Writing, Book Promotion, and More: A 2019 Year-end Review

Writing, Book Promotion, and More: A 2019 Year-end Review

In the past few weeks, I’ve viewed a plethora of 2019 year-in-review and/or hit-the-ground-running newsletters/blog posts for 2020. To be honest, while I champion the work of fellow writers and appreciate all the positive messages, I skimmed over many of them.

Why?

Writing During the Holidays: Staying on Track

Writing During the Holidays: Staying on Track

Writing During the Holidays: Fun Ways to Stay on Track

How Limiting Screen Time, Keeping a Calendar, and Visits to the Local Hardware Store Will Keep Me on Track

Reflections on a Writing Residency and a Retreat

Reflections on a Writing Residency and a Retreat

This fall I’ve been extremely fortunate to achieve some quality writing time in ways that were unusually helpful: a week-long writing residency and a weekend writing retreat. Both have given me a clarity on my current work in progress and energized me to finish this story more quickly than I ever could have imagined when I started it in September.

Obits: Have You Written Yours?

Obits: Have You Written Yours?

Have you written your obituary? Do you REALLY want someone else writing it?

Character Creation with Author Amanda Zieba

Character Creation with Author Amanda Zieba

I'm pleased Amanda Zieba is able to join us again. Amanda is an author, a word nerd, a mom, a wife, a teacher, and so much more. Today she gives us excellent exercises for creating great characters. I think designing characters and all their traits (quirky or not) is one of the most fun parts of being a fiction writer. These exercise will definitely get you started.

The Benefits of a Retreat

The Benefits of a Retreat

The Benefits of a Retreat with Tracey Kathryn

Happy autumn, writers!

Where to Find Places to Submit Your Work

Where to Find Places to Submit Your Work

Many of us toil in private for years before we are ready with both our skill level and emotional fortitude to submit work for publication. But where can we submit our precious pages? Depending on what you write and which audiences you’re trying to reach, the answer to that question differs.

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