5 Social Media Trends 2022: Build your Author Platform
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5 Social Media Trends 2022: Build your Author Platform

by Kris Maze Love it or hate it, social media is an important tool for authors.  Whether you are traditionally published or an indie, all authors have an increasing responsibility to promote their own work.  Thoughtful planning can help writers connect with readers in new and meaningful ways. Take a look at trends for 2022 Read more

10 Ways to Keep Your Writing Time & Minimize Interruptions
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10 Ways to Keep Your Writing Time & Minimize Interruptions

By Kris Maze                    November is a time of reflection. A time to enjoy the harvest of hard work, to appreciate others, and to show gratitude. Writers multi-task various jobs, care for others, and focus on our works-in-progress, but sometimes we need a tune-up.               When meeting at a recent Wednesday writing group, I realized Read more

Scrivener and Plottr for Outlining
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Scrivener and Plottr for Outlining

by Kris Maze Hello Fellow Writers, Fall. The time of getting down to author business and outline your novel. Nanowrimo is right around the corner and the end of the year push to finish those goals comes next. As I consider my writing journey, there are tools that have helped me get the words on Read more

A Month of Writing Prompts —Summer Edition
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A Month of Writing Prompts —Summer Edition

By Kris Maze Writing a novel can be daunting and writers can get stuck on that first draft. Why not liven up your writing by taking your characters on a Road Trip this summer? By now you may have enjoyed summer plans yourself. Don’t forget to take along your characters, too. If you are having Read more

3 Steps to Make Time to Write
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3 Steps to Make Time to Write

By Kris Maze It’s summertime in the U.S., but it wouldn’t be the same without 2 great traditions: Barbeque and Baseball. When I think of summer, I have a longing for picnics: the smells of the grill sizzling meats and veggies while a watermelon slice drips down my wrist, laughing together while the radio plays Read more

3 Steps to Create Write Time
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3 Steps to Create Write Time

by Kris Maze Quick. On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is “totally under control” and 5 is “terrified to say,” how are you managing your Writing To-do List? If you have a structured, highly functioning system for marketing your author brand and still have time to write, then happily move along. But Read more

The Value (and the Struggle) of Writer Meditations
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The Value (and the Struggle) of Writer Meditations

By Kris Maze Writers could all use a healthy dose of focus and productivity and you can look anywhere and see a recommendation for Meditation. From your dentist’s office to various phone apps, the benefits of meditation are promoted, lifted high on the pedestal of Zen, promising peace and a better life. But even though Read more

Five Writing Tips We Love to Hate
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Five Writing Tips We Love to Hate

by Eldred Bird While perusing the Twitterverse recently, I happened upon a question that caught my interest. Author Jeff Richards asked, “What is your LEAST favorite common writing tip?” We all have that one piece of advice that makes us roll our eyes when someone feels the need to impart that particular kernel of wisdom. Read more

13 Ways Your Writing Inspiration Already Surrounds You
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13 Ways Your Writing Inspiration Already Surrounds You

By Kris Maze Writing Inspiration arrives like a lightning bolt and disappears like a mist, but we can replenish this elusive entity each day with our surroundings. When I examined my workspace for writing ‘fuel’, I found many ways it helps me coax the words onto the page. 13 Ways I’m Already Surrounded by Writing Read more