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#NaNoWriMo: Use this Seven-Step Method to Write Your Novel by Jessica Lourey

Dear Writers, I can’t believe it: National Novel Writing Month starts Saturday. And if you’re way behind in planning, I have a treat for you. For today’s tip, I’m featuring an article by acclaimed mystery novelist Jessica Lourey that will give … Continue reading

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#NaNoWriMo Prep: The Book Hook by Rochelle Melander

You’re at a networking event. (Maybe you’re an introverted writer who avoids any group gathering with strangers, but work with me here.) While chatting over wine and cheese, someone who knows you’re a writer asks you, “So what are you … Continue reading

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#NaNoWriMo Prep: Write What You Seek by Rochelle Melander

  Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find. —Carol Shields   About a year ago, Louise Penny came to Boswell Book Company to launch her mystery, How the Light Gets In, the ninth book in her … Continue reading

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Five Tools to Clear Your Mind and Write by Rochelle Melander

With all that’s been going on this month, I’ve done little more than skip from task to task, crossing items off my mental to-do list. When I take my daily walk—time I usually set aside to plan my writing day—I’m … Continue reading

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Advice from the Masters: Keep Writing by Rochelle Melander

Our summer ended with a trio of crises. The car stalled, and despite multiple expensive trips to the dealer, we couldn’t fix it. The dog ate a pile of stones, and even though we tried to save the little guy, … Continue reading

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Listening for Voices by Rochelle Melander

Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same … Continue reading

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Three Hurdles to Writing Your Book (And How to Overcome Them) by Rochelle Melander

He would like to be capable of writing as he thinks, quickly, without effort, the word as agile and dynamic as athletes in a race, jumping over hurdles, one after the other, go, go, go, flying towards the finishing post, … Continue reading

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Set Your Writing Goals by Rochelle Melander

When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it. —W. Clement Stone Effective teachers enter the classroom with a set of learning objectives—information, techniques, … Continue reading

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Review Your (Writing) Life by Rochelle Melander

If you change nothing, nothing will change. It still feels like summer, the hot and humid air leaves me breathless, desiring only to sit on the porch, drink lemonade, and read books. But the calendar reminds me that Labor Day … Continue reading

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Three Tools to Boost Your Creativity by Rochelle Melander

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. —Albert Einstein In 2006, I launched Dream Keepers, a writing program for at risk children and teens in Milwaukee. Since then, I’ve taught at dozens of libraries, … Continue reading

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