More Truth For Writers


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I saw this on Sandra Bellamy’s blog  and I had to share.

Never Give Up

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Quotes for Writers



I love quotes, especially when they are uplifting and encouraging about the struggles in our life. Writing is as much a joy as it is a struggle. Many people dream to write, few actually do. This first one is my favorite.

“Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” – Barbara Kingsolver

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!” – Ray Bradbury

“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.” – Willa Cather

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” – Douglas Adams

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” – William      Faulkner

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” – Gustave Flaubert

“You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money’s in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed.” – Larry Niven

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I’ve met some amazing people through my blog, and one of them has just released her first novel. In support of her, I’d like to direct everyone to her page. I haven’t read it yet, but she has already received a 5 star review!

If I were with Raani in person, I’d buy a bottle of wine, and we would drink to her success. We all know it’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears and publishing in itself is a huge win.

Please check out “Dragonbride” by Raani York! It’s listed for sale on Amazon where she has her first review so just click here.

Congratulations Raani!

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I visited Linda Lochridge’s website where she shared an amazing post by Byran Hutchinson at http://www.positivewriter.com.  Here he lists 51 incredible writing resources. Bryan did an amazing job and it is worth your time to visit.


Visit Positive Writer for an amazing full article and your 51 tips.


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I assume I’m like most writers, I really don’t like the editing process. At. All. I allow myself to write like a mad fiend through the first draft and let it fly no matter what. Then I put it away. I don’t want to look at it, but it rarely leaves my mind. This is the beginning of processing what I’ve written, what plot holes are awaiting my fall, what character is thinner than cardboard and oh my gosh what happened to the conflict?

Those are the more difficult issues to fix so after I’ve pulled it back up on my laptop for the millionth time, I submit it for editing to Writer’s Digest. I’ve worked with some awesome editors and authors at WD and feel as though the feedback was worth every penny! I used them on my upcoming new short story “Blurred Lines”, but…there’s that darned grammar that continues to bite me in the behind.

A few weeks ago I shared a free writing tool called Autocrit and I hope you have found it helpful. I have. I’ve used it until it wouldn’t allow me to submit anymore for the day. But, I found that it didn’t help me with commas and although it did identify “ly” words, it didn’t always help me with passive voice. After much investigation for other tools, I have just signed up for Grammarly.com. It far exceeded the other editing websites that I had sampled.

  • Grammarly
  • Peoplesink
  • Whitesmoke
  • Stylewriter (will suggest a better word to use)
  • Writersdiet
  • Naturalreaders

Since I write so much in my resume business, blog, fiction and newsletters I found that Grammarly.com is well worth the purchase. Hopefully, out of the above group you will find what works best for you and continue to dial into great writing!

Until Next Time…


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