The Author Life

Lessons, challenges, and observations for those pursuing the writing craft and business

A Solitary Daffodil

If you wanna fiddle with writing, you gotta have a “pen” in your hand. It takes a lot of hours, determination, and brain sweat to coax a ream’s worth of words into coherence; that’s why it’s a craft.

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Rocking Your Reading

If you want to know how it sounds, you’ve got to read your stuff out loud. Reading your work in front of a live audience can be nerve-wracking, but absolutely nothing helps you understand syntax, inflection, and pacing better than oral reading.

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The Lowdown on Getting It Down

If you want to be down with writing, you’ve got to write it down. Today, I’m going to share with you my process for drafting a manuscript.  In other words, what  I DO to get that story out of my head and into a form that will one day become a book! 

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