How to Write a Book You’ll Hate

Most authors worry about how their book will be received by others. What if people hate it? What if they leave a scathing review? Well, writing a book everyone will like is easy! Anyone can do it, right? Wrong! If you want to write a book everyone will hate (including you), here's how to do …

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IWSG: Writing Through the Rough Times

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for Insecure Writer's Support Group members to share their monthly posts. If you'd like to learn more (or join) IWSG, please visit the following link: http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html Be sure to visit Alex J Cavanaugh (the fearless leader of the IWSG) and his IWSG cohosts, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard, S.L. Hennessy, …

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Write What You Want

A few years ago, I belonged to an online writers' group where I posted The Claiming Words for critique. For the most part, I received good feedback, but there was one review that really got to me. Good reviews can make you smile all day, but bad reviews tend to revisit you, playing in your …

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Setting the Mood

When we think about the phrase "setting the mood," we generally think about romance, but mood isn't just for romance novels. It's the author's job to set the mood in any novel they write. In a horror novel, the reader expects a creepy, frightening setting. In romance, the author needs to set a mood conducive …

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What St Louis Weather Forecasts Can Teach Us About Writing

Once again, I find myself preparing for another apocalyptic weather event. My winter weather preparedness rituals are overblown and ridiculous, but I can't help it. My family moved to Georgia when I was ten, so I'm conditioned to react to the word "snowflake" much like those in areas with active volcanoes react to the word …

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