#NewRelease “Blank Page to Final Draft” by Bryn Donovan

New from writing guru Bryn Donovan!

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As an executive editor, I often talk to writers who say they haven’t finished a novel yet because they “don’t have the discipline.”

I hate hearing that, because often, it’s just not true.

They have the discipline. They just need the structure. While there’s plenty of advice about writing fast, it’s harder to find help about planning a novel with publication in mind…or help with taking a rough draft to a final version.

Even experienced authors sometimes struggle to fit writing into their hectic lives. Planning out a schedule to write a novel is a big task in and of itself! And when people are returning to writing after a long period away from it, they can use a little encouragement and help.

That’s why I wrote Blank Page to Final Draft.

Do one step a week for a polished novel in exactly one year from now. (Or go as fast as you like!)

Blank Page to Final Draft is specifically geared to writers who want a successful publishing career—through traditional publishing, self-publishing, or both. It’s appropriate for young and mature writers alike. Buy the book—or just learn more about it—at the links below! I wrote this book in hopes of helping writers get to a whole new level!

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Things You Notice When You Print Out Your Novel

Excellent writing/editing advice! 👍


This week I printed out ‘Novel 2’ for the first time. It took me right back to early last year, when I printed out ‘Novel 1’ for the first time. I posted a blog back then sharing reasons to print your work in progress. This time I’d like to focus not so much on the reasons why you should print your work, but the things you’ll notice when you do.

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Thoughts on revisions and self-editing #amwriting

New and beginning authors often (loudly) assert their ability to edit their own work. If you are “editing” your own manuscript, you have a fool for a client. There is no such thing as self-editing—the best you can do is make revisions and admire your work. For that reason, we need other eyes on our work.

As authors, we see what we intended to write rather than what was written. We misread clumsy sentences and overlook words that are missing or are included twice in a row.  If you are in a critique group, you have a great resource in your fellow authors—they will spot things you have overlooked your work just as you do in theirs.

The first draft of any manuscript is the story as it flowed out of your mind and onto the paper. Yes, there is life and energy in your words, but your manuscript is not publishable at this stage, no matter how many times you go over it.

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#Review “Emotional Beats” by Nicholas C. Rossis

5/5 Stars!

Emotional Beats coverThis is another great reference that strips away unnecessary verbiage, giving you just the facts to help make your writing come alive and make your characters more relatable… instead of allowing them to shrug and glare for three hundred pages.

All writers can benefit from the contents of this book, but I especially recommend it to new writers who may be unfamiliar with beats—descriptions of physical actions—large or small—that fall between lines of dialogue.

Included are beats for different body parts, movements, manners of speech, and even one thousand verbs to write by.

The right movement or gesture can help bring readers into your story and help you avoid the risk of showing vs telling, and this short thesaurus of feelings and movements is a great aide to help you meet the challenge regardless of genre or writing style.

Can be used when writing, revising or editing manuscripts or blog content. You’ll want to keep it close because you’ll reach for it often… especially if you have emotional, over-wrought characters like mine!


“Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings (Author Tools Book 1)”

Genre: Writing Skills/Writing Guides/Thesauruses
Release Date: September 10, 2016 (Paperback)
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#Review “Polish Your Prose” by Harmony Kent

5/5 Stars!

Polish Your Prose coverThe literary world is filled with how-to books on every topic imaginable. Writers have millions of options for finding resources which are the right fit and aids them in their writing journey.

Polish Your Prose is a right fit resource for any writer, be it the new-kid-on-the-block or professional.

Divided into three sections, this short writing aide covers everything from passive prose to dealing with negative reviews in a positive way. There’s even a short chapter dedicated to U.S. English vs. U.K. English.

Chapters are clear and concise, with examples of each tip and a quick summary of each chapter. The author does not pad chapters with the time-honored rules of writing from the halls of academia but recommends other resources for further explanation and examples.

Whether you’re writing the first draft, revising, or editing, this is the book to keep close-at-hand.

Polish Your Prose is available in ebook format, but I recommend the print version as it’s easier and faster to access all those often used tips highlighted and bookmarked by Post-it notes.

Or maybe that’s just me.

If you’re building a library, you could add this book. But if you want to hone your writing skills and deliver quality books/blogs to your readers, you need this book. Scroll up and 1-click.

You’re welcome!

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Why I don’t use Beta Readers #WriterWednesday #AmWriting

Unfortunately, writing isn’t always sunshine and unicorns! 😏😉

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As many of you know, I’ve just finished the draft of my latest novel (insert shameless plug for new novel here). Now that the manuscript is off to the editor, it should be time to send the ARC to beta readers. Notice me rushing off to do that? No? That’s because I no longer use beta readers. Oh, the shame! Who the hell do I think I am not using beta readers?!?

I could go into a long background story of all the mistakes I’ve made with beta readers and even the heartbreaking story of losing a good friend over it all, but I’m just going to get to the heart of the matter.

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Reasons I don’t use Beta Readers:

Timing. In order to plan my book marketing properly, there is a two-month gap between the time I finish the novel and it goes to the editor…

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