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{WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GETTING WORSE} let’s talk perfectionism

picture from pinterest To be completely honest, I’ve been cringing over this very phrase for the past month: what if I’m getting worse?  In April, I wrote the second novel in my trilogy, Outcast. I can honestly believe that I was having a really good streak when writing that book. I can go back and read it and, for the first time, feel happy with my writing, knowing that it is good. It’s not all good, obviously, but it’s not…

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Why Every Writer Should Be A Beta Reader

Beta reading — I didn’t used to think about it much before I started writing seriously. (Fact About Me: I used to be jealous of the people who got to beta read my favorite books. still am. I mean, they got to read that book for free and give their opinion on it 😉 Then, last September, when I got my flash of inspiration to start spending hours a day at a keyboard (that’s how it went) I started thinking…

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What I Learned From My Alpha Reader

I recently had the experience of someone being the first to read my novel, the first to ever read my work.  In other words, I had an alpha reader. An alpha reader is the person who looks at your novel for the first time. The first set of eyes to glare at it after you. 😉 Some people have critique partners do this, or friends or family. I would suggest someone who knows you well enough to give positive but…

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Getting To The Heart Of Your Story Part 4: Unveiling Your Theme

Welcome to the grande finale of Getting To The Heart Of Your Story! I’m so excited to wrap up this series with one of my all-time favorite writing topics. theme. A simple word, but with so much power. Let’s get to it: (Pictures from Pinterest. An epic post deserves an epic picture)  What is theme? When I think of the word “theme,” I think of birthday parties. You know, when you were little and you’d have a “cowboy themed” birthday…

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Getting To The Heart Of Your Story Part 3: Creating Your Plot

Welcome back to Getting To The Heart Of Your Story! Now that we’ve taken care of those beautiful characters of yours, let’s move on to the super exciting stuff: Plot. Let’s do this: (Pictures from Pinterest. Can we just ooh and ahh over this epic picture really quick?) Your Story So you have those great characters. At this point, some people ask why bother with a great plot if you have great characters? The question should be why not bother…

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