Category Archives: Professional Writer

“Say What?” Writing Words to Be Spoken, by Rick Horowitz

A few weeks ago, certified professional speaker and author Mandi Stanley spoke to the Write Now! Mastermind class on how we can use enhance our writing careers by speaking. Today, I’m delighted to welcome to the blog Emmy-winning commentator Rick … Continue reading

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Who Are You: Characters That Stand Out To Readers by Angela Ackerman

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Angela Ackerman to the blog. She’s an insightful writer and blogger who is the coauthor of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. In today’s tip, she talks about how you can create … Continue reading

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Learning to Write Faster By Joyce Lavene

I was thrilled to meet Joyce Lavene on Twitter for two reasons. First, I had read some of the books she wrote with her husband, Jim, and I was a fan. Second, I was curious about their writing process since … Continue reading

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Be a More Successful Writer: Five Things Editors Wish You Knew

Five Things Editors Wish You Knew By Rochelle Melander Never throw up on an editor. —Ellen Datlow I have edited a quarterly periodical for 12 years. In addition, I edit books for both publishing houses and private clients. Over the … Continue reading

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Balcony Space can Improve Your Writing Life

Balcony Space & The Writing Life by Rochelle Melander Business leaders have to be able to view patterns as if they were on a balcony. It does them no good to be swept into the field of action. —Ron Heifetz … Continue reading

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What Do You Know: The Writer’s Inventory

When I speak to groups of writers, I frequently hear the question: what should I write about? Last week we talked about how following our passion can provide a pretty good list of writing topics. But if thinking about your … Continue reading

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The Habits of Professional Writers: How to Get Hired Back

For the past 11 years, I’ve edited a quarterly devotional periodical. I work with at least one or two new writers a quarter. Some become regular writers. Some never get hired again. All of them were good enough to get … Continue reading

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