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Library

Wednesday Writing Tip: Visit The Library

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Books do something to me. They warm my heart, giving me incredible joy. And being surrounded by them is like a little slice of Heaven! I make regular trips to my local book store. But I had to place a ban on my book-buying escapades because it got out of hand. I currently have four…

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research your writing

Wednesday Writing Tip: Research Your Writing

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When planning the manuscript of my third book, Brooklyn, I knew I’d need to do a little research. For most of my writing career, I had followed sage advice: “write what you know”. That advice had carried me well through the publication of two prior books. But my title character for this third novel would…

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Pen To Paper Writer’s Workshop~ Join Me!

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Much of my time is spent answering questions from aspiring authors about the writing process and my journey into publishing. So, I developed a workshop that will give writer’s vital information they need to complete,publish and successfully market their work. On November 12, 2016, I’m hosting a special session for writers in my hometown of…

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facing your fears

Wednesday Writing Tip ~ Face Your Fears

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Years ago, when I was 17, I had an opportunity to meet Jamaican writer, Kwame Dawes. He read my work and gave me valuable advice that I still hold on to this day. In his critique of my writing, he said, “find what you’re most afraid of and write about that.” I knew what it…

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writing groups

Wednesday Writing Tip~ Connect With Other Writers

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It’s important to fellowship with like-minded people. You give yourself an opportunity to bounce ideas off of one another and gain much-needed critiques of your writing. Public libraries in your area may offer weekly writing groups. If they don’t, why not start one?! Big box bookstores often have book signings with top selling authors. It’s a…

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writing a note

A Note from Nikki Giovanni

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With a certain amount of expectation, I opened the mailbox. Peering into the cylindrical tin I squinted my eyes to see clearer through the darkness. And there it was. An oddly shaped envelope with my name on it. I smiled and pulled it out of the box, along with the many irrelevant mailers I had…

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disorganized writer

Wednesday Writing Tip ~ Get UNorganized

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Throw your plan out the window! Really. Forget about it. Tear it into little pieces. Toss it in the sea of forgetfullness. There is truly no cookie-cutter way to write. And while I try my very best to be organized by keeping a journal, maintaining a clean writing space and using all sorts of outlines…

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organization for writers

Wednesday Writing Tip- Get Organized!

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Purchasing stock in sticky notes would be beneficial to me! There was a time when I’d carry around a pack of sticky notes to jot down my story ideas or new words I came across. By the end of the day, I’d have far too many yellow squares stuck to my wall or desk. It…

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writing goals

Wednesday Writing Tip- Set a Daily Word Count

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Setting a daily word count can help you stay organized. If you know what your end result should be, you’re better equip to stay focused on your writing. While working on my books I set a minimum word count each day. This was a great way to stay disciplined. Instead of allowing distractions like TV…

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