Exciting Changes on the Wordsowers Blog

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Starting in May you’ll find exciting changes here on the Wordsowers blog.
I don’t want to give it all away, but here’s a quick overview:
  • 1st Monday of the month. David Williamson, Grammar Nazi, helps hone your writing skills.
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month: Kat Crawford, Super Resource Woman.
  • 2nd Wednesday of the month: Angela D. Meyer, Technical aspects and more.
  • Thursdays: Fun flex day. Check in for our surprise guest and topic.
  • 4th Friday of the month: Jeanie Jacobson (me). Encouragement and humor on platform building.
I’ll share the fun stuff from a rookie perspective. (You’ll still learn about technical aspects through Angela and others.)
Friday’s will be our kick back time. We can laugh together over my goof-ups, and help you avoid the same pitfalls.
Plus I’ll share super-secret tips so you won’t be spotted as a new writer. (Ok, they’re not super-secret. But doesn’t it sound more fun that way?)

In most TV shows the rookie stands out. Whether it’s a detective or medical series, we spot the newbie right away.

When I first joined a critique group I thought my book was ready to go. Bzzzt. Wrong. It was worse than Sister Mary Catherine hip-hopping at a rave.

Learn from my mistakes so you don’t make the same ones. We’ll erase the giant overhead “ROOKIE!” finger earmarking you. You’ll feel more confident going into critique groups and meeting editors.

Photo courtesy of Stuart Miles@freedigitalphotos.net

For example, I learned this the hard way:
Watch out for it! Top of the list! The exclamation mark!

  • Exclamation marks scream, “Newbie!”
Editors can spot a new writer at a thousand yards by the number of exclamation marks in the submission. Find the exclamation marks and eradicate them.
Next week’s super-secret insider reveal: Adverbs. Beware! Oops. Exclamation mark.
Jeanie Jacobson

Jeanie Jacobson

Jeanie Jacobson is on the leadership team of Wordsowers Christian Writers Group. Her book, Fast Fixes for the Christian Packrat, is available on Amazon. She’s also published in “Focus on the Family”and “LIVE” magazines, many Chicken Soup for the Soul releases, and Bethany House compilations. Jeanie teaches workshops geared toward helping new writers, and is working on a Christian-slanted YA fantasy novel. Connect with her at jeaniejacobson.com
Jeanie Jacobson

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