Category Archives: Local Authors

Ten Things Your Author Website Should Contain

The key to online visibility for an author/writer is a superior website. It is the foundation on which to build your writing career. A quality website can bring notoriety, popularity, respect and brand recognition. Conversely, a poorly-crafted URL may give … Continue reading

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Blogging: The Diary You Want Everyone To Read

I have a standing date with my computer on Monday night for the last five years. During the previous week, I take notes, compile thoughts and research. I spend at least two hours crafting a cohesive essay. Once finished, the … Continue reading

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The Dramatica Theory to Story Structure

Plot, climax, rising action, falling action, structure; all terms writers use when talking about stories, but often their exact definitions tend to elude us. One would think that with all the brilliant minds that have written stories over the course … Continue reading

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Sliding Doors Between Reality and Fiction

You’re halfway through the climatic final scene in your work-in-progress. Typing furiously for four and a half hours, you’re finally making some real progress. That’s when it happens…  “Mom, I’m hungry! It’s 7:30. We ate all the chips an hour … Continue reading

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Becoming a Sought-After Public Speaker

As promised, the following is a sequel to last month’s blog post, “Planning a Unique and Popular Book Event.” You are an expert on (at least) one topic: your book. All that research you did for the project can come … Continue reading

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Planning a Unique and Popular Book Event

  Table. Check. Comfy chair. Check. Attractively arranged pile of your books. Check. Plenty of pens for autographs. Check. You are happily ensconced in a corner of the local book store or library, ready to host your first book signing. … Continue reading

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Character Development

      Atticus Finch. Holden Caulfield. Hamlet. Jane Eyre. Anna Karenina. Madame Bovary. According to The Fictional 100, by Lucy Pollard-Gott, PhD, these characters live on in our imaginations. There are basic personality types that all players in a story should … Continue reading

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The Complete Writer

Writers talk about inspiration and where story ideas come from; characters and their names and quirks and personalities; locations and locales, whether they are gritty or exotic; where the story is going and how to get there. Writers talk about … Continue reading

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When Life Gets in the Way

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, following a routine mammogram. Two days later, I finished my first book. Great timing, huh?  I’m sharing this because sometimes life sneaks up behind you and pounces. It doesn’t have to … Continue reading

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Comparisons

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde Comparing your writing to others is a fast-track to a killer case of the blues. Don’t subject yourself to this downward spiral; it’s a waste of your precious time. Concentrating on sharpening … Continue reading

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