Category Archive: Become a Great Author

Almost Finished

Five days ago, on Monday, I had 30 pages left of my third novel, Jessica’s Mission of People of Akiane Trilogy, to finish. I worked on the manuscript everyday for four days and… Continue reading

I Came in Second

I came in second at the Area Toastmasters Contest. But let me start at the beginning. Part of being an author is marketing and part of that marketing is public speaking. Toastmasters helps… Continue reading

Daily Post: Mind the Gap

Today’s WordPress Daily Post is Mind the Gap: The distance between idea and execution can be a source of frustration — or of inspiration. My Goal for this year was to have a… Continue reading

What Inspires an Author to Write

Where do authors get their ideas? Does a great master author hand them an idea on a silver platter? Is there a crystal ball they can consult? Do ideas come in a dream… Continue reading

Building Strong Fictional Characters

My goal as an author is to become a brilliant author, but I can’t do that on my own. I need to learn from those who know more than I do. I’m presently… Continue reading

Creating Better Characters

I’m on the hunt to become a better author. To do that I have to create better characters who have more depth and who are more interesting, so people will care about them… Continue reading

On Writing: The Short & Long of Sentences

Sentences can be as short as one, two, three words or as long as two compound sentences. The length controls the emotion of the scene. Short sentences quickly moves action. Longer sentences slows… Continue reading

Better Sentences Make for Better Novels

When authors write, we are so engrossed in our storytelling—plot, character development, scenes, description—we forget to pay attention to the words in our story. Without realizing it, we use the same word over… Continue reading

Never Quit Writing

A Professional Writer is an Amateur who didn’t Quit. Richard Back *** Richard Back wrote one of my favorite books Jonathan Livingston Seagull. A 38-week New York Times Best Seller about a seagull… Continue reading

On Becoming a Better Writer

I’m supposed to be doing a weekly study on writing and posting what I’ve learned, but I’ve been bogged down by one too many projects. I’m not giving up on this project. It’s… Continue reading

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