Finding the Sweet: Dealing with Rejection

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Finding the Sweet Write what you want to write, say the editors. Write what you love, say the editors. I write. I love this! Well, say the editors, it lacks a plot. OK. I write what I love and make sure it has a plot. A good 'un. (Hey, I've studied Hunger Games, and the Edgar winning mysteries; I know a good plot when I read it.) I ...

Writers Need to Whine Sometimes

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Here's another creative writing prompt for your 750 words, a challenge to write 750 words each day to better Think Like a Writer. Read more here. Do you need to get your gripes out? 750Words.com bills itself as "Private, unfiltered, spontaneous, daily." One way that I use the 750 Words to think like a ...

4 Ways to Battle Discouragement

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4 Ways to Battle Discouragement When you are so very, very tired of yet another rejection, when discouragement threatens to overwhelm you, what do you do? Friends: One antidote is to stop writing and be with friends. Writer-friends are especially helpful because you can commiserate endlessly (read: complain) about how callous those horrible editors are, how short-sighted, ...

Read: Voice and Book Trailers

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Sometimes I write for other places or other places talk about my books. Here are some links for your reading pleasure. 2012 Writer's Market This year's market guide--the best in the industry--includes my article on Book Trailers. Based on my experience writing The Book Trailer Manual, the article talks about the pros/cons of book trailers, how to ...

Teens

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I'm going today to a high school English class and writing class to talk about my writing process. It may not come up, but I've been thinking about what advice I would give a teen about becoming a fiction writer. Advice on Becoming a Fiction Writer Essentials First, be a reader. Read widely. (more…)