Show No Writing Before Its Time

Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. —Barbara Kingsolver Writers have many ways of sabotaging themselves. One of the most insidious ones, in my opinion, is showing their work too early. I advise writers not to seek feedback from a writers group, or even a professional editor, … Read More »

Join Us, But Not for the Reason You Think

Well well well. I happened upon an article by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writers’ Institute about writers’ conferences. The topic was why authors should attend. Why indeed? Laurie Scheer, director of the Institute, offered seven reasons, all aligning with what FWA unearths in our yearly post-conference surveys. One reason in particular caught my eye. And it’s not what you’d expect. But first, the conference. Our conference. The 14th Annual Florida Writers Conference. And let’s focus on the Banquet for the … Read More »

’Cause We All Love Books

There’s something magic in cracking the cover on a brand new book—for you Kindle folks make that tapping a finger. Books become our best friends, trusted advisors, time machines and tickets to better places and times. Some of us are so in love with the whole book thing that we actually want to write one. Or, a few. Or, a few hundred. Enter the Florida Writers Conference. For a few days in October, we book lovers and would-be writers get to “crack the … Read More »

Reverse Engineering Negative Reviews

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Good morning everyone! We’ve all had a negative review of some kind, whether it was on our finished work or just a critique. They hurt, sting, and really suck when we first get them, but what about after that? Everywhere you look online we can see blogs and articles about the pitfalls of receiving a negative review. The most common bits of advice are to ignore them and suck it up and move on, and, most importantly, never respond back. … Read More »

It’s Time to Book That Hotel Room!

If you don’t live in the Orlando area, you’re going to want to book a hotel room for the 14th Annual Florida Writers Conference, October 15-18. As you peruse the Orlando/Altamonte Springs area, there are so many different options. Here’s the thing, though. The conference is being held at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs on 950 S. Northlake Blvd. This means you want to be as close to this location as possible. The Hilton is currently booked, which means we have a lot of people … Read More »

A Vaccine for Viewpoint Troubles

Once upon a time, I was a lot younger and a lot smarter than I am now. Rules of writing in viewpoint? Ha! I didn’t need lessons from all those tedious how-to-write books. My natural talent would carry the day, my written words would sing, and my genius would shine through. Oh well. Live and learn. I did, the hard way. At least I hope I did. Years later, in 2009, I was thrilled to win a first-place Royal Palm Literary Award … Read More »

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