[Tipster] Your Writing Needs More Sacred Time tipster post Jan 16, 2023

I grew up on the dry, windy prairies of the Dakotas.


My first pair of real shoes were a pair of cowboy boots. My first pet was a Shetland pony named "Topsy."

I am rural in the deepest parts of my...

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[Podcast] First-Time Novelist Linda Fifer on Losing Her First Draft and Her Persistence to Complete the Project 2 identifying your writing purpose 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jan 10, 2023

It took 13 years before Linda Fifer published her debut novel The Road Between Two Skies.

At one point in those 13 years, Linda lost her manuscript and had to restart her project from the...

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[Tipster] How to Grow from Nothing to Something on Social Media tipster post Jan 10, 2023

Over the holiday break, I finally reached 30k followers on Instagram, after hovering around 28k for months. 
 
And the followers keep following. As I write this, I’m nearing...

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[Tipster] Make Your Writing Goals Concrete for 2023 tipster post Jan 03, 2023

I wasn't a goal setter early on in my career.

I was 39 when I started my first small business.

And suddenly, I had to make plans for the year. Or I wouldn't make my house payment.

Goal setting became...

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[Tipster] The Discipline of Learning Words tipster post Jan 03, 2023

At age 22, I received my most cherished and memorable Christmas gift: The Oxford English Dictionary (or OED) on CD-ROM.

Any nerves I had about marrying my fiancé (now husband) just a few days...

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[Tipster] ChatGPT, the New AI Chatbot, Thinks It Can Write tipster post Dec 20, 2022

I rarely wring my hands about future catastrophic events.

I've got too many of my own troubles to think beyond dinner.

With four kids, two dogs, and college tuition for one more child still to pay,...

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[Podcast] Getting Real about the Costs of Publishing a Book 4 publishing your writing 5 promoting your writing Dec 15, 2022

You likely won’t get rich from publishing a book. Most people don’t

While we all dream of writing the next bestseller, on average a traditionally published nonfiction book sells about...

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[Tipster] On Hallmark Movies and “Lady Chatterly’s Lover” tipster post Dec 15, 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Except for those schmaltzy Hallmark movies.
 
People call my bluff when I say my husband is the one who watches them. It’s true. If the...

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[Tipster] Know What You Don't Know tipster post Dec 02, 2022

You've probably heard some version of the phrase, "You don't know what you don't know."

And that's the absolute truth at the start of a writing project. For every writer.

You don't know what you...

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[Podcast] Novelist and Memoirist Donna Freitas on Identifying the “Why” of Your Book 2 identifying your writing purpose 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Nov 22, 2022

Every book has a heart. It’s not just an idea; it’s why the idea matters. Whether it’s a nonfiction book, a memoir, or a novel, every book has a purpose. It has a...

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[Tipster] How to Take Control of Your Writing Life tipster post Nov 21, 2022

I am a fan of hypothetical scenarios, like “What if I was stranded on an island by myself…”

Without question, I’d be doomed. I’d never figure out how to make fire,...

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[Tipster] The Expense of Building an Audience tipster post Nov 11, 2022

First I got rejected, and then I got paid.

At the Big Bang of my writing life, years ago (in the heyday of magazines), I submitted an article to a publication. And it was promptly rejected.

I...

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