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On Writing

Brand Name Dropping Are name brands necessary in fiction? Everyday name brands like Coke and Kleenex have made their way into all kinds of fiction, and most readers don’t blink an eye when one appears. The focus for today is the more exclusive name brands and their use in fiction. Generally speaking, they’re not necessary. Of course, if the name brand is pivotal to your...

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Tips

In Defense of the Semicolon If you’ve taken a creative writing class, read a how-to book on writing or been scolded by an editor, you’ve been told that semicolons do not belong in fiction writing. Perhaps a red pen has crossed through your semicolon, replacing it with a period and a capital letter, or maybe you’ve been told to rewrite and add a conjunction, instead....

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Guest Post: The Social Media Balancing Act by Lissa Bryan Guest Posts

I am thrilled to bring today’s guest post from author, blogger and all-around fabulous person, Lissa Bryan. The Social Media Balancing Act By Lissa Bryan One of the things that surprised me once I became an author is how little time I’d have to devote to writing with all of the promotion and social media tasks I needed to do. I started out feeling overwhelmed...

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Ask the Divas

Ask The Divas: What is a Manuscript Assessment and Why Do I Need One? A professional manuscript assessment is more than a critique of an author’s story. Sure, an assessment goes through the story, looking at plot, character development, pacing and rhythm, narrative and dialogue, not to mention countless other manuscript-driven items, but it also discusses more abstract topics like genre, point of view, tense...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #10: Rushed or Slow Pacing   Nothing can ruin a good story faster than rushed pacing. If you’ve ever read a story, stopped, and blinked, all the while thinking, “wait, what just happened here?” then you know what I mean. But just as bad as rushed pacing is a slow, lagging narrative. You know the kind—where you fight the urge to click the...

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Tips

Keeping with this week’s Back to School theme, today’s Quick Tip takes us all the way back to what we learned in kindergarten. Janine’s post on the basic lessons in writing we all learn in elementary school made me think of the early lessons from kindergarten, and of course I was reminded of the often-quoted list from Robert Fulghum’s book All I Really Need to Know...

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Writing Exercises

Today’s writing exercise focuses on the adage of “show, don’t tell,” a descriptive way of writing often used in fiction, that allows the reader to create a mental image of the scene being described and not simply accepting the facts being fed. So, then, how exactly do you show? Take this very bland sentence, for example: The red car drove quickly down the street on...

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Writing Prompts

As some of us celebrate the return of our offspring to the classroom—and others lament the return to said classroom—today’s writing prompt is called Back to School. Perhaps you’d like to write from the perspective of a kindergartner—fresh-faced and excited for her very first day of school. Or maybe you’re thinking about a more mature student—a teen’s first day as a senior, with all the...

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Guest Post: Debra Anastasia – Street Teams Guest Posts

As a member of the Poughkeepsie Street Team, I am excited to bring you a special guest post from Poughkeepsie author Debra Anastasia as she talks about the benefits of creating a street team to help market your brand. Street Teams by Debra Anastasia I thought I was original when I came up with the idea for a street team. I’d been reading about a musician and...

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On Writing

Writing Pitfall #6: Mary Sue   As a first-time author, the level of relief and accomplishment matches only your excitement when you turn in your manuscript after weeks and months of writing. So imagine for a moment that your editor returns it with a big, red note on it that says “Get rid of Mary Sue!” Your first reaction, like any new writer, is probably...

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