Audience Awareness: What Writers Can Learn From Trevor Noah


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There are fewer challenges writers face greater than reaching and connecting deeply with readers who are often quite different than themselves. Continue reading “Audience Awareness: What Writers Can Learn From Trevor Noah”

7 Tips to Improve Your Writing Time

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Sometimes, the hardest part about writing is simply sitting down to do it. Between work, family, and social obligations, the time and motivation to write is often chipped away at and ultimately put off until “tomorrow.”

Of course, tomorrow comes, and none of yesterday’s demands have lessened (and may have actually increased), and so the cycle continues.

When it comes to being a writer, maintaining consistency in your writing practice is what makes or breaks your success. Continue reading “7 Tips to Improve Your Writing Time”

Completing Your First Novel: A New Author’s Musings

Writing is hard. Like, double hard. I knew I wanted to be a writer—specifically a novelist—almost fifteen years ago. Back then I had this romantic idea that I would sit down at a piece of paper or a computer and just like that, the magic would happen. A few hours a day, and bam! A fantastical world of my creation would come to life before my eyes before I’d know it. Continue reading “Completing Your First Novel: A New Author’s Musings”

Writing a Novel in 10 Weeks: End Weeks 4 and 5

Due to a family emergency last week, I failed to post the update (and keep up with my writing goal).

I’d like to take this time to urge everyone to familiarize themselves with the symptoms of heart attacks. We were unbelievable lucky last week. The symptoms were caught and recognized in such time that the ambulance had already arrived when the heart attack occurred, greatly limiting any damage to the heart. However, we have also been forced to realize that the symptoms had been ongoing for a few weeks- and that it so easily could have been much, much worse. Continue reading “Writing a Novel in 10 Weeks: End Weeks 4 and 5”

Writing a Novel in 10 Weeks: End Week 2

Two weeks in and I sit at 7,031 words. I’m nearly 1,000 words shy of my goal, but considering I spent two days this week in the Wizarding World and two additional days bouncing between planes (not even touching the Christmas madness), I am satisfied with my progress—and am holding off on the self-flogging until next week. I still intend to hit the 12k goal next Thursday! Continue reading “Writing a Novel in 10 Weeks: End Week 2”