Tips for Writers: Show AND Tell

I had the honor today of speaking at the 2012 “Navigating Your Writing Life” Symposium of the Virginia Writers’ Club.…

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Tips for Writers: Are You Sure?

Many years ago, I participated in a workshop at a writers’ conference. My workshop instructor was pretty famous and I…

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Tips for Writers: Setting Goals

Today, June 20, is the first day of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  School is out. Work schedules are relaxed.…

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Tips for Writers: "Alright" is not all right.

  I don’t know where “alright” came from, but it’s not standard and should not be used in writing. I…

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Tips for Writers: Which vs. That

Let’s try to untangle a knot that some writers find themselves in: how to know when to use “which” and…

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Tips for Writers: Back up!

  Usually in my Friday Tips for Writers I focus on some element of craft—how to make your work the…

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Tips for Writers: Strictly Business

> Unless you write strictly for pleasure with no intention of publishing your work, there is a side of the…

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>Tips for Writers: Take a Hike!

> It isn’t writers’ block exactly. It’s more like writers’ knot. Surely you know the feeling. You’re working on something…

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>Tips for Writers: Read Poetry

> With Poetry Month just around the corner, I thought this would be a timely tip for fiction writers: Read…

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>Tips for Writers: Listen

> You carry a pen and paper with you at all times, don’t you? That’s okay. I forget sometimes, too.…

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