[Tipster] The "Very" in Very Bad Writing tipster post May 27, 2022

I feel sleazy admitting it, but the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation trial has been on in the background at our house for the past few weeks. 
 
I’ll blame it on my husband. He...

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[Tipster] The Importance of Diction: A Poppy Isn't Just a Poppy tipster post May 20, 2022

Every spring my mom crosses her fingers and prays a thousand little prayers that the poppies will bloom at the base of the Organ Mountains, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 
 
It’s the...

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[Tipster] When In Doubt, Keep Your Flashbacks Moving tipster post May 13, 2022

Flashbacks are essential in memoirs and fiction.

They are also indispensible in writing narrative nonfiction.

Here's a basic definition of a flashback:

"A flashback interrupts the chronological order...

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[Podcast] Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing: Which Is Best for Me? 4 publishing your writing podcast post May 13, 2022

“Is traditional publishing for me?”

It’s a question all writers ask at some point in their journey. And the answer depends on each individual. We interviewed Jamie Weiner, author...

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[Tipster] Fight the Good Fight to Find the Perfect Word tipster post May 06, 2022

Word choice matters.

Mark Twain allegedly said that the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.

I often struggle to lay...

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[Podcast] How to Know If Your Idea Is Good Enough for a Book 1 developing the writer's mindset 2 identifying your writing purpose podcast post May 04, 2022

“Is my idea any good?” “Is this idea good enough for a book?”

At the heart of the creative journey is a good idea. And we all want to know if our idea is good enough for a...

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[Tipster] Don't Burden Your Reader with Too Many Details tipster post Apr 29, 2022

Have you ever read a story in which the writer slows you down with two many details?

This is easy to do when we write stories.

One of the most elemental pieces of writing advice is this: Be specific....

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[Tipster] Do You Need a Platform to Publish? tipster post Apr 22, 2022

“Do I need a platform to publish?”
 
That question is vague enough to be answered in two ways.
 
To make your writing public (our definition of publishing), you need some sort of...

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[Memoir Review] On Writing by Stephen King memoir review Apr 20, 2022

“Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around” (King, 101).

Stephen King’s On Writing chronicles King’s life from adolescence to his late...

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[Tipster] Do You Need Blocks of Writing Time to Make Progress? tipster post Apr 15, 2022

No. You don't.

Many discussions regarding productive writing center around carving out large blocks of time:

* 90-minute blocks (I've espoused this!);

* Half-day writing chunks;

* Writing days; and

*...

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[Podcast] Why You Should Find a Writing Coach 1 developing the writer's mindset podcast post Apr 12, 2022

“Should I find a writing coach? Do I need a coach?”

It depends. Are you stuck on your thesis? Do you struggle with structuring your book? Do your thoughts lack clarity or depth?

If...

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[Tipster] Constructive Feedback Is the Pearl of Great Price tipster post Apr 08, 2022

The phrase "pearl of great price" is a historical concept, dating back to the ancient scriptures.

The phrase means, essentially, "something that is very rare and is considered very important."

Such...

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