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Query Letter Sample

Amanda Woody‏ shared this sample query letter to the Twitter #writingcommunity on Jan. 8, 2019. Dear Ms. __, Start w 1-2 sentence personalization. Ex: I noticed on MSWL/an interview with M4L that you enjoy “soft-spoken boys” and “friends-turned-lovers,” so I think you’d be a great fit for my MG Fantasy: ____! Here’s my 1-2 sentence PitMad-like hook that’ll drop your jaw. Ex: When MC discovers __, he must __, before __ happens. Mine: 12-yr-old Noah assumes he’ll be a mute forever—until a snow…

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The Importance of Knowing Genre Before You Dive into NaNoWriMo

The mark of a professional writer, is they know the genre of their story and the arc it will take. At least that is what Shawn Coyne says in his book “The Story Grid.” Coyne probably knows something about this because as an editor he has looked at enough fiction to determine if it is a finished and publishable novel. He created the Story Grid as a way to weed out the scenes that just…

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Letters Never Meant to be Read Vol. III

I received some good news today regarding my contribution to Letters Never Meant to be Read Vol. III. The book is now LIVE on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Very exciting stuff to find yourself published in an anthology. I wrote my letter a while ago and it was picked up for inclusion in the book. Have you ever wanted to write a letter to that guy or gal you brushed up against on the train? How about…

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My Craft Self-Publishing Tall Tales of Sin

FREE! Cindy’s Sin Kindle E-Book

It’s FREE! I said FREE! For a limited time. Download it now! Hurry! Cindy’s Sin Free Ebook That’s right, you heard it first folks, my premier novella on Kindle Cindy’s Sin, and my first foray into self-publishing, is now FREE as a download on Kindle until Saturday (7/28/18). I just ask for a review if you enjoyed it, and a review if you found it lacking. Review help me improve. So, pile on! Thanks for…

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My Craft On Writing Tall Tales of Sin

Cindy’s Sin

Cindy’s Sin is the first novella in the series Tall Tales of Sin. You can read the novella in chapters here, or you can purchase the entire story on Amazon. The novella starts off with the chapter Greyhound Arriving as Cindy Lash arrives in Las Vegas to avenge the murder of her father. Cindy appears a novice. But she quickly learns some street smarts to carry her through to the end of her revenge plan.…

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Book Review – The Ultimate Hero’s Journey: 195 Essential Plot Stages Found in the Best Novels & Movies

Well, that’s a mouthful and they had to use an ampersand to make it all fit. However, Neal Soloponte provides 195 plot stages to consider in shaping a novel so the title needs some heft. The Ultimate Hero’s Journey: 195 Essential Plot Stages Found in the Best Novels & Movies delivers so many plot stages that I fell into the rabbit hole Soloponte took in writing this book. Like my favorite, Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys…

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On Writing

Write Fiction with a Story Prompt

I am a big fan of story prompts whether they consist of a word, a sentence, an idea, or a photo. The story prompt serves as a launch pad for creativity and it prompts the writer to see inward, consider possibilities, and think how the reader will respond. On Steemit, the #freewrite group of writers tackles a daily story prompt provided by @mariannewest. Nearly 250 writers participate by writing whatever comes to mind in five minutes. Some…

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