Kimmery’s Top Ten Tips For A Good First Draft

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

  Our topic this week is first drafts, and let’s be honest: I am not a trained writer. I don’t have an MFA or a background in journalism or even an English major. So it might amaze you that my novel (now titled The Queen of Hearts) was in near-flawless form when I finished its first draft. Revision? Ha! I had to look up the meaning of the word. I’m…

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And the Winner is…No one! And Everyone!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I’ll admit, I’ve never done Nanowrimo. I think it’s a great idea—a community of writers, coming together to encourage each other to do the hardest thing a writer faces: putting the words on paper. The timing has never worked out for me, though. For some reason, I’m always in some stage of revision every November. And really, I’m so type-A about my writing schedule that every day of the year…

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Advice for Writers Who Are Also Parents: “Everything is copy.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

So you may have noticed that my post this morning was late. Here’s why: life. More specifically? Kids. My whole life as a “real,” soon-to-be published author, I’ve also been a real, extremely sleep-deprived parent. It’s been really intense – lots of skin of our teeth moments and exhaustion. But you know what? I’ve realized that I wouldn’t have it any other way. My kids (and husband!) are what motivate…

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5 Pearls of Wisdom from New York Times Bestselling Author Elizabeth George

Friday, November 15, 2013

Elizabeth George is one of my writing gods. Way back when, when I was fresh and bouyant with ignorance, I registered for my first writers retreat. Only Elizabeth George would do out of a list of stellar author instructors. Never mind that I hadn’t fulfilled the prerequisite (the fiction basics workshop), I wasn’t budging. Her workshop ended up being the best thing I’ve ever talked my way into. Elizabeth’s teaching…

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Wisdom of the Veteran Writer

Thursday, November 14, 2013

So much of what I have learned in publishing and about the craft of writing I have learned from other writers; from their blogs, their Twitter and Facebook links, and their generosity. It seems like the natural order of things is to pass on what you know to those less experienced or new to the profession. Today I have gathered quotes from just a few of the many who have…

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Ass-In-Chair and Shitty First Drafts: 4 Pieces of Advice from Seasoned Authors

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This week, each of us is sharing advice we’ve gotten from veteran authors–the people who have been there, done that, and lived to tell the tale. Here are four pearls of wisdom I’ve gleaned from a few more seasoned authors. And, as I pull them together, I realize that a lot of these nuggets involve cuss words. (#1) I could fill this whole page with the priceless publishing tips that…

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Veteran Advice from 5 Writers Who’ve Been There

Monday, November 11, 2013

On this Veteran’s Day, let us say thank you to all the service men and women who have served our country and continue to do so. Their families, too—your sacrifices humble us. In honor of the holiday, let’s learn a few things from veterans who’ve gone ahead of us in publishing. Sure, that’s not quite as heroic, but we appreciate veteran authors, too. I asked five published writer friends to teach…

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Deb Dana on Finding Your Voice

When it comes to writing advice, a few pithy phrases make the rounds again and again. Let me know if you’ve heard any of these before: “Kill your darlings.” “Show, don’t tell.” “Write what you know.” “Writing is rewriting.” “Raise the stakes.” Any of those sound familiar? Thought so. But just because advice is well-worn doesn’t make it any less useful. I’ve followed all of those bits of advice at…

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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Deb Kerry’s Best Writing Advice: Just Finish the Damn Book

Writing advice is about as hard to come by as mud in the springtime. These days, writing books, writing sites, blogs, tweets, seminars, and classes are a dime a dozen. You can find them online, at your community college, maybe even free at the library. Don’t get me wrong – I think all of these things (or at least most of them) are valuable. But today’s topic is supposed to…

Monday, April 15, 2013
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The Debutante Ball Welcomes Elizabeth Stuckey-French! (Giveaway!)

We’re so happy to have Elizabeth Stuckey-French joining us at the Ball today! Deb Eleanor was lucky enough to be on a panel with Elizabeth at the recent Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago, and she can vouch that Elizabeth is smart, funny, and talented as heck. Today Elizabeth has some great advice for aspiring writers, and she’s giving away a copy of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady to…

Saturday, July 30, 2011
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