Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your muse feels a little groggy, these quotes and writing prompts might help. Last week, we held this on a Thursday in order to schedule the interview with Alison Bliss on the day of her book debut. In the comments below, share with us which quote you like the most.
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- tal·ent [tal-uhnt] noun: a special natural ability or aptitude.
- skill [skil] noun: the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well.
What if you don’t have natural talent? Does that mean you may as well give up?
Continue reading Skill vs. Talent–Which do you have?
Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday (Thursday this week)! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes and writing prompts to nudge awake the sleeping muse. If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.
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Today we’re going to interview Alison Bliss, a recently published author. The intent is to highlight a successful publication path to aspiring authors, who might be looking to take a similar route. Armed with creativity and dedication, authors are finding success in today’s changing market.
Continue reading How Alison Bliss Became Published: An Interview
by Ryan Lanz
Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out.
In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward the end of “Tag travesties” is something I sorely wish someone had told me before I started writing.
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Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! I hope these words of wisdom will help to inspire your next writing session. Click here if you missed the last one.
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For some, writer’s block is a very real and forbidding thing. I personally know authors who treat this as a superstition that no amount of garlic and rabbit feet will save them from.
There are countless blog posts on how to beat writer’s block–and yes, we’ll go over that too–although I want to also look at why a writer might encounter a writing block. Perhaps it’s not for the reasons you think, and it could be indicative of deeper issues. Let’s begin.
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A common question I hear tossed about is how to create character names. Some writers find this simple, and yet others struggle with naming every single one, particularly concerning the main cast.
In this post, we’ll talk about tricks and tips for creating character names, and perhaps we’ll bring some ease to the process.
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Need a jump-start to your writing week? With Ten Quote Tuesday, you’ll get more fuel for your creative tank.
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You’ve got your idea. Your characters are fleshed out. The setting is crystallized in your mind.
You power up the laptop, and you place your fingers on the keys. Chapter one.
There’s a magic in that. You can practically feel the readers forming an orderly line to purchase your book, even before you finish the first paragraph. But what do you want to accomplish? What are the things to avoid in your first chapter? In this post, we’ll look at the nitty-gritty of a novel’s first chapter.
Continue reading Avoiding First Chapter Blunders