To Please the People

At what point should a writer write to please the people, and at what point should a writer write what should be said? A lively discussion on this topic was recently on Steve Laube agency’s “What’s Wrong with my Book” blog post by Tamela Hancock Murray. The wise recommendation was made to not defy the market’s […]

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Review of Mr Nary by Roo Carmichael

I made the mistake of starting to read Mr. Nary in the hospital waiting room. Not a place to be guffawing every ten seconds or so. The wry sense of humor, the unexpected turns of phrases, the laughable story and story-within story and novel within that story with a romance on the side, the ability to […]

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100 Things to Do Instead of Editing your Novel

Write a blog post entitled “100 Things to Do Instead of Editing your Novel” Find articles and blog posts about how to edit your novel (see Lists) Comment on those blog posts in detail Read books about editing your novel (see Lists) Take your kids out to breakfast, they haven’t seen you in so long Spend […]

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Tips for Teaching Kids to Write Their Own Stories

As an author myself, I find the task of planning, writing, and editing a story challenging. How much more so for kids when they are told to write a story. “What am I supposed to do, Teacher?” they ask. Then they give you what they wrote. Sometimes the stories work, sometimes they don’t. Teaching kids […]

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7 Sources for Primary Document Research

Research Guide Instead of looking for primary source documents with a random Google Search, start with actual history sites! What to do: Let’s say you have the prompt:  “What were the three most significant causes of the Fall of Rome“ 1. Plan your search. Before finding primary documents, you need to know WHAT you are looking […]

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