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Be An Actor

Today we are pleased to bring you a new blog feature, Holly’s Writing Insights. Coming to you the first Tuesday of each month, these posts will be short, to-the-point bits of wisdom that you can apply immediately to your writing. Here’s today’s insight. Be an actor? That’s a WRITING TIP?! Yeah. Seriously. You have to […]

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Read Fiction

All writers are readers. Not most, not some. ALL. It’s one of the few times you’ll ever hear me make an all-encompassing blanket statement. If you want to write, you have to read. If you want to write well, you have to read a lot. Not to learn voice—you have your own, and you don’t want to […]

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My Experience with The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales – Part One

Our anthology, The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales, hit number 2 on the New Zealand AC Nielsen lists. Find out how below. The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales was the brainchild of Peter Friend, Eileen Mueller and A.J. Ponder—three writers with previous editorial experience. A lot of authors consider putting together an anthology. However, there are roadblocks […]

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Words, Words, and More Words

I’ve been considering words lately in a deeper way than in the past–their meaning, their power, their significance, all in only a few letters. Consider: “Die!” and “Live!” Such powerful sentiments packed into three or four letters. Checking out a couple of online dictionaries reminded me just how many ways we use the word “word.” […]

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Writing Equals Passion Plus Thought

Think. Don’t just emote. This advice runs counter to what you’ll get in many, many writers’ guides, courses, and classes, where you’ll find yourself encouraged to “feel the words” and to “feel what your character feels” and where you’ll hear the words “don’t over-analyze.” And frankly, this is good advice as far as it goes. […]

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