Tag Archives: Write Tips

Overcome Writer Burnout By Becoming a Life-Long Learner, by Lori Ann Palma

September is traditionally a time when school comes back to the forefront of our lives. Whether it be shuffling your own children to the bus, returning to teaching, or settling into a new project, our focus shifts away from summer … Continue reading

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Slaying the Adverbs, by Lindsay Bandy

  Bandanna: check. Machete, um, err, *cough* backspace button: check. Field Guide *cough* Thesaurus: check. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Destroy all insidious and unnecessary adverbs enabling the existence of weak verbs. That’s right, my friend: You … Continue reading

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Overcoming Perfectionism—A Writing Virus, by Lori Ann Palma

As fiction writers, we’re all carriers for the virus Perfectionism. The symptoms are well-documented: brow-furrows, fear and doubt in the vicinity of a writing instrument, frequent headaches, irritability, Facebook and Twitter addiction, just to name a few. You may not … Continue reading

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Sticking to Your Character’s Resolution, by Lindsay Bandy

Ah, the New Year’s Resolution: high hopes of getting into shape, developing positive habits, and all-around improving ourselves. Those blissful last days of December, the optimistic first week of January….and then, errr! crash! bang! We’re back to watching Netflix in … Continue reading

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Focusing the Viewpoint Camera Lens with help from Orson Scott Card, by Kristen C. Strocchia

     November’s Silver screen theme brought to mind the book Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card.  While it’s a book on craft not cinema, Card talks about using viewpoint like a movie camera lens and provides visual examples to … Continue reading

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Story Map Like a First Grader….Or Better Yet, WITH a First Grader! by Lindsay Bandy

Every children’s book author dreams of a classroom full of kids, giggling, clapping, and generally adoring their book. But what does it take to be a “classroom book?” Well, there are standards of learning and curriculum, there are personal preferences of … Continue reading

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Pssst….Have You Backed Up Your Files Lately?? by Lindsay Bandy

I know, it’s kind of a “duh” post. But seriously, back your files up! Lots of us are left to mourn lost work because computers burp or have an all-out heart attack and keel over. If pieces of your heart, … Continue reading

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A Five Step Plan for Beating Writer’s Block: Have a Party! by Lori Ann Palma

I think it’s safe to say that every writer will experience writer’s block at least once. The term writer’s block refers to the experience of not being able to get an idea, any idea, to stick long enough to say … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Voice, by Lindsay Bandy

It’s the big thing everyone’s looking for, from Picture Books to Young Adult right now: a standout voice. If characters, plot, and everything else are the bricks, voice is the mortar. But what makes a voice stand out? I think the … Continue reading

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Developing Theme in Fiction: What’s It All About? by Lori Ann Palma

Developing a resonating theme in your fictional story may seem like trying to capture fog in a jar, but if you understand the definition of theme, you can begin to spot it growing in your story, as well as consciously … Continue reading

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