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 […]

Writer Critique Groups – How to Find the Perfect One for You

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Writers search for the best ways to receive helpful feedback for their manuscripts. We all desire to develop new skills by learning from those who know the craft. Face to face meetings offer an opportunity for the writer to reach professional goals. Meeting with a select group of writers who share […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Writers Approach Deadlines

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Deadlines tend to have a bad reputation among writers. Editors require writers to submit contracted work on a specific day. Let me re-phrase that: Editors require creative, out of the box thinkers to submit a writing protect on a specific date. Not a week or months later. Deadlines are a good […]

Disciplines Every Writer Must Have

A Look at the Writing Process

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by Alycia W. Morales    @AlyciaMorales If I’m going to be a writer, there are a few disciplines I’m going to have find within myself. They are vital to my writing career. Without them, I probably won’t ever see my work in print. Not because my writing isn’t good, but because I will never finish anything. […]

SOS – Settings on Steroids Part II

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Welcome to Part II of SOS – Settings on Steroids. A character who lives in the setting will not make the same observations as a visitor. A seasoned character’s emtions are different from a novice in a specific environment. The seven universal emotions, according to Tonya Reiman in The Power of […]