[Podcast] How to Begin to Write Your Family Story 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Sep 07, 2022

Do you want to write your family story? But don’t know where to start?

A family story is one of the best ways to preserve your history for future generations. It bonds your family together....

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[Tipster] The Essence of Storytelling: Show Don't Tell tipster post Sep 02, 2022

If I wasn’t speeding down the expressway already late for my appointment, I would have jotted down this scene from a podcast I was listening to. 
 
It would make for a great detail in...

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[Podcast] What to Expect from an Author-PR Firm Relationship 5 promoting your writing podcast post Aug 30, 2022

Most authors want to publish their book. And to share their story with the world they have to publicize it. But publicity is murky. Sometimes difficult to navigate. You might find yourself asking,...

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[Tipster] The Use of Foreshadowing in Your Writing tipster post Aug 26, 2022

The single biggest challenge in almost any form of writing is attention:

How do you sustain the attention of your reader?

There's an old line:

"When there's no more tension in a story, the story is...

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[Tipster] Dig Deeper for Your Story Hook tipster post Aug 19, 2022

“Melissa, I need you to rewrite this article. The hook is a cliché.”
 
My editor at Flea Market Style magazine served me one of the most valuable writing...

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[Tipster] The Good Stuff tipster post Aug 12, 2022

Ernest Hemingway was a wretched soul.

But he remains one of America's greatest fiction writers.

I recently read a profile of Hemingway, which was published in the New Yorker in 1950.

The profile is...

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[Podcast] The Best Ways to Build a Platform 5 promoting your writing podcast post Aug 08, 2022

“Do I need to build a platform?”

The short answer: yes. Publishers and agents want you to have a platform so that you can sell your book. But what exactly is a platform?

Platform is a...

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[Tipster] Procrastinate Your Way Out of a Writing Block tipster post Aug 05, 2022

If I’m scrubbing a toilet at 2:30 on a Wednesday afternoon, I’m likely procrastinating. 
 
I’m an expert procrastinator, especially when it comes to writing. 
 
I...

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[Podcast] What Do Literary Agents Look for in a Manuscript? 3 honing the writing craft agents podcast post Aug 01, 2022

 “What do you look for in a manuscript?”

It’s a question every literary agent hears hundreds of times throughout their careers. And it’s the golden question writers...

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[Tipster] It's Time Once Again to Shorten Your Sentences tipster post Jul 29, 2022

A long, ugly sentence lays on your page like I lay on the couch after one too many slices of Chicago-style, stuffed pizza.

I feel like taking a nap.

And so will your reader if you don't shorten your...

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[Tipster] A New Way to Outline tipster post Jul 22, 2022

I’m good at a lot of things. And I’m bad at a lot of things.

Certain things you don’t want me doing. Ask my husband.

Take loading the dishwasher, for example:

I guess...

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[Podcast] How to Build a Platform through Podcasting 5 promoting your writing podcast post Jul 18, 2022

"Why do I need to build a platform?”

From literary agents who want to know about your platform activity in the query letter, to publishers who want to see your book marketing plan, building...

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