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The Bad Review—Rising Above It It’s going to happen; someone will leave an unfavorable review. It could be a simple matter of differing tastes or something more elaborate—like cyber-bullying—but sooner or later, there’s bound to be a doozy with your name written all over it. And regardless of whether the review is deserved or not, your reaction speaks volumes  to your readers. Does that mean...

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Writing Exercises

In today’s writing exercise, write from a child’s perspective. It can sometimes be difficult to write from the eyes of a child. Many authors get caught up in capturing their dialogue or child speak and nothing else.  The real challenge is getting into the mindset of the child while maintaining a narrative that’s clear and concise. Here are a few ground rules for you: The...

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One of the things that makes blogging so successful, not to mention fun, is the meaningful blog connections we make along the way—whether it be with someone who shares your love for kitten figurines or enjoys swapping opinions on movies or child-rearing. But blogging goes beyond a simple social connection. It’s about helping and sharing. The number of readers and fans available for blogs and...

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Writing Prompts

The writing prompt for this week is a phrase to help authors work a little humor into their repertoire. Humor tends to be one of those areas in writing that authors either excel or struggle with. There’s not a lot of middle ground here. Mostly because comedy is bound to the sense of humor of the individual reader. When a writer possesses a talent for...

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We have all done it. No, really; it’s okay to admit it. No one here will judge you. It’s a part of the writing process, like it or not.  All you have to do is say it out loud and admit it to yourself: My name is *insert name* and I have had revision angst problems for *insert a ungodly amount of time*. There, now...

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Tips

How to Revise Mundane Content Today’s quick tip is a lesson in how to revise a scene that is overwhelmed with mundane content. Mundane content is a type of dull filler. It can be anything from boring scenes of everyday life to extraneous detail to humdrum descriptions. Mundane content acts a type camouflage, and it masks what’s really important in your book. It can hamper...

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