[Podcast] How to Show Not Tell in Your Writing 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Nov 07, 2022

If you’ve spent time searching for tips on writing, you’ve probably come across the phrase “show not tell.” It’s a tip authors, editors, and agents commonly throw...

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[Tipster] When Too Much Writing Is Too Much tipster post Nov 04, 2022

I’m a decorating nut. My home has been featured in both Country Living and Flea Market Style magazine. And in Spring 2023, it will be published in a book called ...

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[Tipster] Three Essentials of the Writing Life Oct 31, 2022

A good friend had a so-called midlife crisis at around 45.

He was a pediatric ophthalmologist, a high paying, meaningful profession: He performed eye surgery on children.

But he was restless.

He...

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[Tipster] Write to Find Out Oct 26, 2022

Shopping at Goodwill is a near-daily ritual for me.
 
I’m convinced thrifting is as much a part of my DNA as my dark brown hair.
 
Because my “jobby” selling vintage demands...

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[Podcast] The Revision Process for Novels and Memoirs 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Oct 17, 2022

New writers know they need to revise their manuscript. But when you’re new at something, it’s often difficult to know where to start the revision process for novels and memoirs.

You...

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[Tipster] Why Your Diction Matters tipster post Oct 14, 2022

Around this time every year, I receive a DM from my literary pal with a link to John Keats’ poem, “To Autumn.” 
 
That message combined with Starbucks’ DM reminding...

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[Blog] Straight from the Heart blog post Oct 14, 2022

Roadtrippers Writing Coach Rob Lewis on appealing to the heart before the brain.

I am lucky to be married to a stellar woman. But it wasn’t luck that brought us together. 

I lived in CT...

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[Podcast] Tips on Editing for Self-Published Authors 4 publishing your writing podcast post Oct 03, 2022

If you’re self-publishing a book, you don’t want your book to look self-published. That means you need to pay close attention to the editing phase. Editing for self-published authors...

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[Tipster] The Pesky, Puzzling Punctuation Mark tipster post Oct 03, 2022

The semicolon is a mystery to many; just ask my friend. 

She’s a paralegal at a snazzy Chicago law firm.

One of her primary functions is to review legal briefs written by the attorneys...

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[Tipster] Writers Have Words Only tipster post Sep 23, 2022

Melissa and I just attended a terrific conference called STORY in Nashville.

We presented a breakout session called "The 5 Elements of Putting Your Story to Words."

Many of the attendees...

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[Tipster] No Room for Writing Compromises tipster post Sep 16, 2022

 

On Monday, I hit a milestone. I wasn’t expecting to.

There I was: sweat dripping from my face, mid-movement of a tricep extension.

And I heard my coach congratulate me,...

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[Tipster] It's Time to Complete Your First Rough Draft tipster post Sep 12, 2022

A friend sent me a great quote from Twitter the other day:

"I don't know who needs to hear this, but a first draft does not need to be good - it needs to be written."

The quote comes from Emily...

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