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Plot to Plot

When you think of a plot to plot, what do you think of?   My first thoughts go back to when my children would come home from school and pretend that they needed the light turned on to have me flip the switch and watch flying erasers and hot wheels cars…

Reasons for Reading Aloud to Your Children

Studies have shown that there are numerous reasons for reading aloud to your children.  What child doesn’t like to sit on a parents’ lap, or cuddle on the couch with them while reading a book?  It is a great bonding experience for parent and child.   Along with…

Benefits of an Editor

When you are writing on a regular basis you know more than ever the benefits of an editor.  When an idea comes you want to get it down on paper and get it out there as soon as possible, but slow down there cowboy or cowgirl, you need to use…

Writing: From Royal Pain to Royalty

Taking writing from royal pain to royalty takes practice and patience.  It is not for the squeamish.  Even if we can perform tricks for our muse to get a little cooperation, one royal piece of work does not entitle us to the crown.  There are places that you can look…

Email Ace

Are you an Email Ace?  If you run a business you understand the importance of email marketing.  It is one of the best ways of staying in contact with your customers and prospects. When emailing contacts, we do our best to write great subject lines, get opens, clicks on links…

Draw to Win and the Napkin Academy

  There are times we come across things we love and we just have to share.  This post is about a book, an author, and site which the author, Dan Roam, hosts called the Napkin Academy.  I became acquainted with the author through a webinar last year and was instantly…

Imagination and Inspiration

  I don’t know about you, but I love quotes.  They speak to me and saturate my soul like color saturation on a painting.  Full saturation of a color gives it vividness, the same as vibrant words spark inspiration for brilliant ideas and concepts.   Quotes to me…

There are “No Writing Emergencies!”

  My daughter informed me yesterday that there are “No Writing Emergencies,”  just as there are “No bag emergencies.” (She sells bags.) Does she not know that there is?  (lol) So, when those writing emergencies come…(for me, they are emergencies), and the flow of…

Book Reviews and Why They Matter

Whether we are authors, or avid readers, it is important when we buy a book that we leave a review.  You may wonder why it is so important.  Let me give you some reasons. Scouring the book reviews online will help us decide if the book is a hit or…

Developing Your Writing Style

You have this post you’re working on which you feel is skillfully crafted with each brush stroke of your best word paints.  You are sure it is your “Michelangelo” in words. It is bright and so picturesque that even the blind can bask in its colorful…