Category Archives: Writing How-To Books

How-to books on writing

Writer’s Block Busting

What stage are you in with your writing—getting the first draft written, or revising the mess you made of your first draft? Either way, there may come a time when you’re stumped and unable to go forward. Best thing to … Continue reading

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2 Tips for Genre Mash-ups

I’m starting the new year with two truths about my writing: (1) I finished the first draft Ride to the Altar in late December 2017, and (2) it’s a mess. A colossal mess. One of the reasons it’s so messy is that … Continue reading

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Reader Manipulation, a Lesson from Steven James

Loved this post from a few years back, and decided it needed to resurface . . . Reader manipulation is a writer’s tool for the experienced author, and Steven James illustrates just how experienced he is in his recent release, … Continue reading

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Websites for Writers

I have to admit right off the bat—I prefer books. I like having all the information I need between the covers of something I can hold in my hands and refer to frequently. I’m learning to appreciate blogs as long … Continue reading

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Using Kenny Rogers to Illustrate Donald Maass

Kenny Rogers is a few years younger in this picture, but this one is my favorite of him. He’s a cross-over artist who, in his prime, sang both ballads and love songs. One song, “The Gambler,” even became a movie … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 4)

I tell ya, I’m getting my mileage out of the notes I took at the ACFW Conference in Nashville last month. Under Donald Maass’s direction in the class (which he based on his December 2016 release), I wrote all the … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 3)

By now, I think I’m the best prerelease salesman literary agent Donald Maass can have. And, in return, he’s given me tons of material to put in my blog along with great ideas for my novella-in-progress, Kayla’s Challenge.  In Part 1 … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 2)

In Part 1 last week, I gave a quick recap of a few early points literary agent Donald Maass gave in a lecture at the ACFW Conference in Nashville, and how I used those points in my novella-in-progress, Kayla’s Challenge. Basically, … Continue reading

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Studying Under Maass (Part 1)

If you ever have an opportunity to go to a session with New York literary agent Donald Maass, let me suggest you tote at least one manuscript idea and something with which to take copious notes. I don’t take notes on the … Continue reading

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Formatting eBooks for Writers

Freelance editor Susan Stewart of Practical Inspirations  believes in offering full service to her clients–which includes access to her knowledge of how to transfer manuscripts into digital-ready formats for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and others. Formatting eBooks for Writers: a Practical Guide covers … Continue reading

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