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who vs. that 2

When to use WHO and when to use THAT

I keep reading (and hearing) authors use the pronoun “that” when they should be using the pronoun “who,” so I [...]

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yes you can

You CAN write a book!

This morning I received an email that made me smile…or maybe even grin. It was from an aspiring author named [...]

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The best piece of writing advice I ever received

It took me nearly five years to get my first novel, Perfect on Paper, published, so when it finally happened I [...]

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excuses

Want to write a book? Get out of your own way

Sometimes when people I encounter find out I’m an author, they share with me their own ambitions of writing a [...]

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save deleted scenes

Writing tip: Save deleted scenes and language

It goes without saying that when it comes time to revise the first draft of your manuscript, much of it [...]

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discouraged

Feeling discouraged about your book sales? Read this!

I receive a lot of emails from authors who read my blog, and by far their biggest reason for getting [...]

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details

Writing tip: A little detail can make a big impression

In the past I’ve argued that giving your characters quirks helps make them seem like real people. The same can [...]

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reading 2

Why reading makes you a better writer

When I first signed with a literary agent several years ago, she told me to read as much as I [...]

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word-mix-ups

Common word mix-ups

Today I’d like to give a little refresher course on two sets of similar words that can be a little [...]

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i and me

Grammar tip: Sometimes it’s okay to use ME

A lot of people out there are afraid to use the pronoun “me.” I think the aversion must start in [...]

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