How to Create a Powerful Synopsis to Sell Your Novel
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How to Create a Powerful Synopsis to Sell Your Novel

By Kris Maze When sending out work to an editor or publisher, you will most often need a specific set of documents they will request. Query letter, check! First fifty pages, check! Synopsis, wait what? I don’t know why, but many of us balk at the thought of creating this tidy little summary of our Read more

Six Ways to fix Manuscript Problems with an Outline
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Six Ways to fix Manuscript Problems with an Outline

by Kris Maze You typed your last keystroke of your manuscript. The room hums with the last words on the page. Celebrate and cha-cha around your living room. It’s a milestone, whether you’ve done it once or one million times. Take a break and share with someone!  Finishing your novel is also a single a Read more

7 Foolproof Tricks to Outsmart Writing Procrastination
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7 Foolproof Tricks to Outsmart Writing Procrastination

by Kris Maze Writer’s Block can strike us all in the most inconvenient times, but today I want to offer seven tips to authors prone to procrastination. Some of us are like the tortoise and the hare—racing to the WIP finish line just to get side-tracked by the comforts or distractions of life, like the Read more

Dear Writer, What Causes Burnout?
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Dear Writer, What Causes Burnout?

by Kris Maze There are several possible causes of Burnout and some are listed below.  This list is only a sample of what could trigger Writer Burnout. Whatever you think your cause may be, know that each of us is unique. You have circumstances that are different from any other writer. Be sure to get to Read more

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

Double Down on your Writing Goals, a Worry-Free Approach
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Double Down on your Writing Goals, a Worry-Free Approach

by Kris Maze The end of 2021 will soon be here and it’s time to double down on annual writing goals. This year, I took a focused approach to the business of writing. If you are struggling to end the year strong, read on. There are many processes you could try in this little “writer 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