writing

First Steps on the “Want to be a Writer” Journey

~ ~ ~ Our guest today is Paula S. Zwenger. Paula  is a wife, mother, and grandmother who, upon finding herself an empty nester, tried on the hat of rhyme loving writer. It fitted very well. Her joy manifests completely while taking the ups and downs of life and wrangling them into poetry. She has a passion for creating rhymed treasure hunts with a Catholic flare to celebrate the faith and l...
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Interview with Tosca Lee

New York Times bestselling author, Tosca Lee keynotes the 2017 Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference, April 28-29th. Tosca graciously carved time from her hectic schedule to visit with us today.   Jeanie: Tosca, between writing deadlines, family responsibilities, book signings, upcoming conferences, and the May 2nd release of Firstborn, your plate seems full. How do you fit everyt...
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When the Story Refuses to Be Written

once upon a time...
Today, we have guest Ginger Solomon joining us as she shares what she does when the story gets stuck. Book 1 in the Belikarian Weddings Series, One Choice, was released in February of 2014. Over two years later, Book 2 is finally hitting the proverbial bookshelves (it’s an e-book). Why so long? Well, if you’re a writer, then you’ll understand me when I say that the characters, namely my h...
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Building a Platform: 3 Steps to a Simple Start

Why start now?I don’t even have a book written. Whether you self-publish or publish traditionally, you need an audience to read your book. That's what building a platform is all about. For the most effective book launch, you want that audience built ahead of time. When approaching publishers and agents, that is one key element they will look for. For myself, involvement with social medi...
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5 Tips to Hook Your Reader

It used to be an author would spend pages setting the scene, describing the beautiful countryside or the courtly manor in which their protagonist lived. In vivid, laborious detail. And the audience loved it. Time was taken to draw an exact portrait of each character. With words. And the audience loved it. The first chapter could very well be completely made up of backstory. And the audienc...
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