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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Habits of a Successful Writer

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Emulating writers whose careers have soared into bestselling status provides us with amazing role models. We look for a road map with precise steps and no detours to accomplish the same goals. But every writer is different, and the destination isn’t always achieved the same way. We can succeed like writers […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]