Writer Yoga: Balance Keeps Our Writing Fresh

After class the other day, I was talking with a member about balance from one side of the body to another. That’s the other kind of balance we find in yoga. The poses — Tree, Star, Dancer, Airplane, Warrior III — allow us to develop that calm center that keeps us from getting knocked off balance by the ebb and flow of life. But there’s another sort of balance, the kind we should infuse our practice with — both yoga and writing. When we practice yoga, we talk about staying balanced, doing to one side what we do to the …

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Experimenting With Writing Techniques

Hi, my name is Jennie. And I write fanfiction. I’m not supposed to say that. “Real” writers don’t write fanfiction — and if they do, they don’t admit it. Literary writers certainly don’t. I can see the head of the local writers group cringing as he reads this. But I’m saying it anyway.   Why? Because I’ve found over the past 12 years that fanfiction builds my storytelling skills much more quickly than if I were muddling away on my original fiction. I’ve written probably 750,000 or so words of fanfiction in that time, most of it during the past …

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Indie Interview: Rob Cornell

Tell us a little about your indie book or books, for readers who aren’t familiar with your work. I have five novels out there right now. One is a standalone thriller entitled Red Run. It’s about a single father of two teens who learns his daughter’s been murdered and his son is the prime suspect. He goes about proving his son’s innocence and trudges through all sorts of secrets about his kids, his ex-wife, and even his own in the process. The two other novels I have in the mystery/crime genre are Last Call and my latest release, The Hustle. …

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Writer Yoga: Letting Go of Expectations

Some mornings, I come to my mat and everything clicks. My body feels fluid, moving pose to pose smoothly. Other mornings, it’s a struggle. I feel all the places my body deviates from the norm, all the ways I struggle to find the essence of the pose. I have writing days like that, too. Some days I sit down and find myself typing away, the words spilling onto the page like water rushing over the rocks. Other days — too many of those days lately — I find myself struggling to find my place, procrastinating over this task or that …

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Weighing the Value of Promotion vs. Writing

Dan Blank’s post last week about defining success has combined with some other things in my life right now to get me asking myself that very question. One of the things that’s been a challenge the past several weeks has been finding a way to balance writing with platform building and social media. Roz Morris had a really great post on the topic this weekend where she pointed out that publishing in order to build a platform was backward. The book doesn’t build the platform — the platform builds the audience for the book. Lately, I’ve been feeling like trying …

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Book Review: Awake, an anthology to benefit The Trevor Project

I picked up Awake a while back while doing research for my next book, set when Dan is 13. The chance to read some short stories showcasing the point of view of LGBTQ teens seemed like a perfect opportunity. And I was intrigued by the idea of an anthology benefiting the Trevor Project. The collection is well worth the price, even if the proceeds weren’t going to a nonprofit. The four authors each tackle a different aspect of the experiences LGBTQ teens face daily, bringing them to life in vivid detail. The goal of the book was to give LGBTQ …

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Indie Interview: Nick Earls

Nick Earls is a traditionally published Australian author who went with indie press Exciting Press, run by author Will Entrekin, to crack the US ebook market. He’s joining us today to talk about his experience, especially the differences between traditional and indie publishing (hint: fewer meeting hurdles). Tell us a little about your indie book or books, for readers who aren’t familiar with your work.  Reviewers have compared my work to that of JD Salinger, Martin Amis, Jeffrey Eugenides, VS Naipaul, Woody Allen, Raymond Carver and, most often, Nick Hornby. Perhaps that just shows I’ve been reviewed a lot, since …

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New Blog Schedule

If you’re looking for today’s Meet the Character, please come back in a couple of days. Now that I’ve had the blog posting schedule in place for a few weeks, I realized a couple of snags with timing through the week. I also just had my schedule at the newspaper shift around, so that makes the changes even more important. Starting this week, here’s the new schedule: Mondays: Blog tour posts, guest posts, housekeeping (like today) and any other topic that doesn’t fit on a different day. Tuesdays: #WriterYoga Wednesdays: Indie Interviews Thursdays: Meet the Characters or Around Town Fridays: …

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Book Review: Conflict and Suspense by James Scott Bell

James Scott Bell is well-known among writers for his useful, practical wisdom on improving our writing and story structure. Conflict and Suspense is the fourth writing book of his I’ve purchased, the third one I’ve read, and like its predecessors, it’s going to be a mainstay in my writing library. I have two bookshelves of writing books. One is the bulk of the collection, and is just high enough to make getting to them difficult. Conflict and Suspense — if it were a paperback — would go on the other shelf,

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Free Par-Tay!

Several authors I network with have all joined together for a Free Par-Tay event — all of us have made books free on Kindle today through Saturday. (Don’t wait until Saturday to get them – a lot of the books will revert back to paid mid-day.) If you’re looking to stock up, head on over: If you’ve just been looking for an excuse to get my book, it’s here. Happy reading!!!!

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