Tips for Writers

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For more tips, check out links to my posts that appear on the 27th of each month on the blog


Writers: Fine Tune your Characters’ Friendships

Critique Groups

Critique Groups Do’s and Don’t’s

You the Writer; You the Critquer

Editor and Editing

The Value of a Good Editor

Tips on Polishing your Novel

One Last Edit: Re-think before Submitting


Two Ways to Format your Manuscript

Highlights Foundation Workshop Notes

Part One: Two Ways to Hook and Keep Your Reader

Part Two: Nouns Need to be Concrete and Appear More than Once

Part Three: Tent Pole Structure

Part Four: Leonard Marcus: Maurice Sendak, Storyteller and Artist

Part Five: Leonard Marcus: Let the Wild Rumpus Start

Part Six: Behind the Scenes with Deborah Heiligman

Part Seven: Deborah Heiligman’s Casual Scream

Part Eight: On the Same Page with Betsy Bird

Part Nine: Patti Lee Gauch’s Concluding Thoughts: Have Your Own Standard of Excellence

Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s Rich Legacy for Writers

Mystery Writing

Unravel the Mystery of Suspense, Part 1

Tips on Writing Suspense Stories for Children, Part 2


Networking: A Writer’s Greatest Gift


Save Time: Try an Outline Sketch


Revision, Part 1: An Early Fiction Checklist

Revision, Part 2: Editing Fiction after a Long Break

Strengthen your Theme, Revision, Part 3

Tips on Polishing your Novel


Is Series Writing for You? Part 1

Three Tips on Starting a Series, Part 2

Series Writers: Chart the Details, Part 3


Setting: It’s not just Background

Tips for Writers

Disarray Leads Writer Astray

Keep a Personal Account of Your Progress

My #2 Pencil

My Purple Notebook: Resource for Story Analysis

You Know You’re a Writer When . . .

You Know You’re a Writer When, Part 2

Know your Audience

Pull your Reader’s Heart Strings

How Body Type can Help Shape your Characters

Take a Break: Write a Short Story

Tips from Gail Sheehy’s New Memoir

Tips from C.S. Lakin on Cinematic Writing

When Writing is NOT a Career

Writers: Meet your Alter Ego(s)

Pin Down your Alter Ego(s)

Three Ways Writing Builds Strength

A Writer’s Bucket and Mop List

Wipe out the “M” Word

Tips on Writing Humor

Tips on Writing Humor

Tips on Writing Humor, Part Two


Presenting: A Title that Sells, Part 1

Presenting: A Title that Sells, Part 2

Writer’s Process

A Writer’s Process: Longhand or Keyboard?