Prepare for a Writers Conference with These 7 Tips

Prepare for Conference

by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales As conference season approaches, preparations loom around the corner. Now is not the time to procrastinate. Now is the time to prepare for those fifteen-minute appointments, pitches, cramming all that class material into your brain, and networking with other writers, agents, and editors. Here are a few suggestions for how […]

Writing Advice We Should NEVER Follow

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Have you noticed the phenomenon that occurs when you confess you’re writing a book? It doesn’t matter if you’re an established author with thirty-plus books under your belt, or someone working on a first novel. Announce you’re writing a book, and you’ve opened yourself up for unsolicited advice. Write what you know. […]

What Does Your Audience’s Audience Want? 

A social media test.

audience's audience, blueridgeconference.com

by Bethany Jett, @BetJett When we’re writing a novel or nonfiction book, article, or blog post, we have one audience in mind: Our own. Yet the rules change when it comes to certain social media platforms…ahem, Twitter and Facebook. With those platforms, we need to consider what our audience’s audience wants. To execute our content […]

Social Media, Marketing & Branding

Adjust Your Social Media Expectations This Year

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson “I’m not getting any traction with social media,” is one of the complaints I hear a lot as I travel and teach writers how to connect. There are a lot of reasons people feel this way, a few are legit, but most are just unreasonable expectations. Today I’m going to address […]

How to Write Killer Emotions

Creating Emotions in Conflict

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Writing killer emotions means the writer understands a character’s unique temperament, wants, needs, flaws, desires, goals, challenges, and backstory. With these traits, a writer fills the pages with the character’s deepest of feelings. Experts state that up to 90% of communication is nonverbal. Character driven body language allows the writer to […]

When the Word Count is High

What Do I Cut?

Cutting Word Count

by Alycia W. Morales     @AlyciaMorales Word count is tremendously important in today’s publishing world, especially since readers have shorter attention spans than back when reading was one of the few forms of entertainment available at home. What is one to do when the word count of their latest creation is too long? Let’s take a […]

Tips to Turn Off Your Internal Editor

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I’ve spoken with a lot of writers who have trouble disconnecting their INTERNAL EDITOR when they’re working on an early draft of a manuscript. This overly helpful person lives inside most of us and comes in handy when we’re putting the finishing touches on our manuscript. But when we’re in the […]

Ghostwriting and Collaborative Writing Q&A

Ghostwriting & Collaborative Writing Q&A, blueridgeconference.com

Four years ago, I sat in Marti Pieper’s ghostwriting class at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, soaking in everything I could. How fun to write books for other people…and get paid for it! The pump was primed. Last year, when my agent presented me with an opportunity to collaborate with a young woman with an […]

Evaluating Your Writing Goals

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Evaluating our professional writing life can leave us at a crossroad. Do we continue with the same social media, marketing, and branding methods as 2016, or do we dive into new or enhanced methods that have the potential to raise our visibility? How does a writer compare the work involved in […]

How Writers Celebrate Meeting Deadlines

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Last week I wrote about How Writers Approach Deadlines, how a professional writer creates quality books while meeting contractual targets. Writers establish good organizational habits the moment they choose to open the door to goals and dreams and plan how to make them happen. We work hard. Then the time comes […]