Social Media 101: Promotion with Thunderclap

Hi, again! Another week is almost over and I am very excited today because I am using the power of a new site to spread my message across social media today. Let me explain. Most of us who have been plugging away at the publishing thing may know that getting social media exposure is important to letting people know about your book(s). It’s one of several ways you should be connecting with people, as it’s said an average person will … Read More »

Exercise Wednesday: Flying with Hurley

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If you never watched LOST, it started with a mess of people flying from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles when the plane broke apart and crashed on a deserted (or so they thought) tropical island. Except this island has polar bears and an abandoned zoo and other people, creatively known as “The Others,” and a tape recorded by a French woman that’s been repeating non-stop for 16 years, and a monster made out of smoke that could beat the anything alive to death. After … Read More »

Judgmental Assumptions

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Good morning everyone! Have you ever heard or witnessed something another did that stuck with you for a long time? It could be something as complex as a long period of harassment or brow beating or as simple as a single word or phrase. One of those that sticks with me to this day is the constant phrase, “He/She/They should’ve hired an editor!” What gets me about this is I’ve read books where the editing was pretty questionable, but in … Read More »

The Beautiful Baggage Of Backstory

Backstory is such a juicy element of story, it’s too bad it’s got such a bad rap. Sure, it can fill a plot hole, juice up a reveal, give us an “aha!” moment. Think of Faye Dunaway in Chinatown, “She’s my daughter, she’s my sister, she’s my daughter and my sister.” A single line of dialogue that changes everything. A great backstory, including that one, presents us with the heart of the matter. We know that having a big opening can grab our … Read More »

Lessons from TV Land: Writing lessons from a sitcom

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Good morning! Okay, stay with me here. I know that when it comes to writing, a lot of television gets a bad name. This is especially true for sitcoms. Still, there are lots of writing lessons we can take away from these shows. For those who don’t know, Titus was a FOX sitcom starring comic Christopher Titus. The show was based on his standup routines, which usually dealt with growing up with a dysfunctional family. Nothing was off-limits: his mother’s … Read More »

Exercise Wednesday: Grandma’s House

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When I gave the eulogy for my grandmother, more years ago than I care to think about, I almost made it through without crying. Until I got to the part about running into her in heaven. In my version of heaven, my grandmother had a house. And she’d come to the door to meet you and be thrilled to see you and invite you in for a snicky-snack and there’d be a beverage she had just for you. One of … Read More »

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