• Do You Write for the Market? Or Yourself? Or Both?

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    Do you write for the market? Or do you just write novels, picture books and articles for yourself? You'll hear the advice both ways: Write what you want to write so you can write the truest book you can write. Write with the market in mind. It depends on your writing goals. If your writing is self-expression ...

  • 3 Vs of Fiction: Vulnerability

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    In this 3-part series, "The 3 Vs of Fiction," we have discussed the first two Vs of writing contemporary fiction, voice and vision. The last V is vulnerability, the ability of writers to be open about who they are and to allow their passions, fears, shames, successes, victories and hopes to be expressed clearly on ...

  • 3 Vs of Fiction: Voice

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    In this 3-part series, "The 3 Vs of Fiction," we have discussed the first Vs of writing contemporary fiction, vision; tomorrow, will be vulnerability. Voice is the way you write something, how it comes out when you allow your personality to populate the characters on the page. There are two main ideas when you discuss voice. ...

  • 3 Vs of Fiction: Vision

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    The burning question of every writer is, “How can I reach a wider audience?” Three things are essential in today’s crowded marketplace: vision, voice and vulnerability. In this 3-part series, we will examine these essentials. Vision: Do I dare disturb the universe? T.S. Eliot You might call the need for vision, the ability to develop a high concept ...