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The Benefit of Contests

The Benefit of Contests

I judge writing contests on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes for smaller, informal contests, like for a classroom, sometimes larger contests for a conference, and, obviously, the annual Havok contest. First of all, kudos to all of you who have ever entered a contest! It is a huge thing to put your work out there […]

What Every Author Must Do

What Every Author Must Do

OK. Maybe not every author,  but I wanted a clickbait-y title. I completed my latest manuscript during NaNoWriMo and have started editing it. I went through K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel (for a second time) to lay out the plot points. Something just wasn’t working. My introduction was too long and resembled a misshapen two-humped […]

Advice Overload Pending

I’m a sucker for just one more opinion and probably don’t  know when to quit getting/accepting feedback on something. Most of my stuff is in an endless cycle of revision that drives my Husband nuts because I never “finish”. So, I face the continual flow of different and sometimes conflicting advice. One persona says capitalize […]