8 things about Garth Brooks that might change the way you write

~ By Susan Meier Note: This post originally appeared here.  This is a blog I posted about a year ago…I read it (to remind myself of a few things) and realized this was some perfect “new year/new start” advice… Happy New Year! Enjoy! … A few weeks ago, I had a bad cold and spent a Saturday and Sunday in bed. If you know anything about weekend TV, you know I was bored to the point of tears and ended up watching a “special” about Garth Brooks. But, man, am I ever glad I did. The show was designed so that...

Goal Setting in 2016

~ PJ Sharon PJ Sharon, here. As a published author with seven novels, a novella, a short story, a box set, and a non-fiction healthy lifestyle book (about to be released), I can say without a doubt that setting goals is essential to success. At the very least, setting goals will help you focus and keep you moving toward manifesting your dreams. It may also help you keep your sanity along the way. First, let me start by saying that “resolutions” are futile and “goals” are more like guidelines. Giving yourself absolutes is a sure way to set yourself...

The Courage to Write…or Not

~ By Marilyn Brant This article originally appeared here.  Not to state the obvious or anything, but writing takes courage. Sure, there are all the usual reasons: *Because we get scores of rejections on the way to publication — from agents, from editors, from just about anyone who so much as glances at the manuscript. *Because there’s always the potential for negative reactions once we’ve got a book for sale — from readers, from reviewers, from that lady who shows up at your library program just to inform you that “sex in books is sinful.” (Yeah, that did really happen.)...

What Are the Odds?

~ By Jill Beck What are the odds? Do you ever ask yourself this question? For me, it rears its ugly head on the days my thoughts go over to the dark side. It’s my brain’s more subtle way of saying, “This is too hard. We might as well quit.” When I first started writing, I spent a lot of time worrying and the question wore a path, pacing back and forth through my mind. “How many people are writing books? Thousands and thousands. So, what are the odds that my little book is going to go anywhere?” Writing...

You Go!

 ~ By Laura Florand When Melissa first approached me about writing a post for this blog, I wanted to talk about craft. I wanted to talk about texture, which is one of my personal “things”. (I think it’s a huge benefit to authors to get out from behind their computers and go out into the world and absorb as much texture from it as they can, so that it will underly their writing. I could go on and on about it, but…) But then I thought about how many times I’ve heard a writer say, “I came back from...

I NEVER GAVE UP [REPOST]

~ By Lisa Dyson Fifteen years. That’s how long it took me to sell a manuscript to a publisher. Fifteen years of constantly writing, learning craft, submitting, and getting rejected. I entered contests for fifteen years. I was even a runner-up in Harlequin’s Epic Romance contest for their Everlasting line. I got to work with an editor! She passed my complete manuscript to the Senior Editor and I thought this was it. I’d finally sell. The Senior Editor called me, but not to buy my manuscript. Harlequin was discontinuing the line. She was very sorry, but not as sorry as...

The Gift of Love

~ By Celia Lucente Is your hero or heroine poor, rich or somewhere in the middle? The answer to that question actually doesn’t matter for purposes of today’s post. As you characters celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one they truly love, one demonstration of love is gift giving. In fact gifting is one of the five languages of love discussed in the book The Five Love Languages. Perhaps your hero or heroine doesn’t speak in the form of gifts. But chances are someone in the relationships you write about does. Society pressures us at every opportunity to buy, buy, and...

Valentine’s Day

~ By Celia Lucente Note: This is from last year, but it’s so fun and informative it’s worth bringing back! Enjoy!  The best holiday for the romance writer! I just read a fantastic article about the definition of the Romance genre by bestselling author Shannon Donnelly. It resonated with me (by golly maybe I’m getting it) and I’ll be touching upon it in this blog. There’s also a three-part series going on now in Writers of the Storm Called “What’s Love Got to do with it?” It’s got some helpful tips on the construction of a romance book. Check it...

Push it! Push it real good!

~ By Eileen Carr One of the great things about being an author is that each new book presents an opportunity to try new things and to branch out in new directions. Over the course of my career, I’ve written in a number of different genres and used different points of view. When it came time to put together Veiled Intentions, I decided to push myself a little bit more. I decided to write about a difficult topic. In the past, I’ve written about grief and about child abuse and about torture and violence. You would think those would...

New Year, New Goals

~ By Anne Kemp Happy 2015! Here’s to the New Year… It’s a time to reflect, take a look at what did and didn’t work last year and a good time to set new intentions for the year to come. Personally, I love taking the first week of the January (yes, I give myself a week to figure it out) to focus on my goals, both professional and personal, and what I really want to accomplish in the next 365 days. For many of us writer-types, we may decide to set a daily word count we’ll strive to hit...

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