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Writing Challenge – Middles and Endings

A common problem with writing fiction is getting started and then not knowing where to go after you start. I have a few tips that turn the process into a fun challenge. 1. Write the ending first If you know where your characters have to go it will be easier to get...

The Creative Penn

It can be difficult to get motivated to write. It can also be discouraging when you think about the odds of becoming a published author. To help me with these issues, I’ve been listening to the podcast at The Creative Penn (http://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/)....

Using Bing for Inspiration

Writing can become stale if authors use the same tired locations and descriptions too many times. Readers like to be taken to new places, but it can sometimes be difficult to dream up new landscapes, cityscapes, animals, settings, etc. Rather than just looking at...

Outlining your Book

Whether I'm writing fiction or non-fiction, I always write an outline for my book. There are many methods for outlining. Here's a quick overview of my method. For nonfiction I write all the major points that I want to make. I arrange the points in the order I want to...

Writing as a Hobby

I love writing. Many people like the idea of writing, but don't pursue writing because they think they can never be published. Well, in today's publishing world self-publishing is easier than ever because of ereaders like the Kindle and nook, and the ease of creating...