Plotting Success for the Pro Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Plotting is unique to each writer’s personality and method of structuring a novel. Some writers are married to their outlines. Some are seat-of-the-pants writers, and some are organic—that’s a mix of both with the story ideas as the focus. Once we’ve established our type of plotting, what elements need to appear […]

Have You Considered a Paid Critique for Your Writing?

Benefits of a Paid Critique

by Alycia W. Morales @AlyciaMorales One of the benefits of the Blue Ridge Mountains Writers Conference is that conferees have an opportunity to have a faculty member critique their work in progress. This is a paid critique, and it only costs $35. A small investment that has the potential for big results. Paid critiques are important to […]

Overcoming the Fear Factor: Finding the Perfect Agent

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Some writers are terrified at the prospect of finding an agent. We think literary representation is the one factor that will get us published when the key is writing an outstanding book. But let’s say we’ve already written a fabulous project, what is the agent/author relationship? What does an agent really […]

Dollars & Sense for Writers—Thoughts on Where & When to Spend Your Money

What Writing Organizations Should I Join?

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I remember what it was like when I was just starting out as a writer. I thought it was something I wanted to do. I even felt like it was something God called me to do. It’s an exciting time—a time when we’re trying on the moniker of writer. It’s also a […]

Organization – the Secret To a Writer’s Social Media Success

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Getting our writing life organized may or may not be one of our personality traits. But today’s writer must incorporate organizational skills into her social media practice, or she will be overwhelmed and fail. I’ve experimented and will continue to explore methods to work effectively and efficiently with social media. What […]

10 Things I Wished I’d Known About Writing

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills When I started writing, I was so excited about the future. I had dreams, goals, my workday organized, notepads and pencils beside my computer, and a whole lot to learn about writing. But there are 10 surprises that hit me along the way to publication. Sure wish I’d have known them […]

Tried and True Ways to Attract Readers

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills We writers can become so involved with our stories that we forget we’re writing to attract readers—not agents, editors, marketing and promotion types, or sales staff. Entertainment is our aim, And writing is our game. There are 7.2 billion people in this world. We will never meet each person, but we […]

Fall Back in Love with Writing

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Between deadlines, edits and rejections it’s easy to fall out of love with our writing. It can get so bad that we begin to dread sitting down at the keyboard. When that happens to me my mind begins to reprioritize my life. I can suddenly find a million things more important […]

What Colors are in Your Writing Kaleidoscope?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Psychology teaches our emotions are affected by color. Each person responds to color according to personality, experience, background, and culture. Writers who create extraordinary prose provide a kaleidoscope of emotions to enhance the reader’s experience. When a kaleidoscope is rotated, colors and patterns blend to form a visual explosion. Our goal […]