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New Release! Writing the Heart of Your Story: The Secret to Crafting an Unforgettable Novel. Now you can have the entire year’s course featured on Live Write Thrive, plus more, as an ebook on Kindle, Nook, or other formats, as well as a print book!

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Now out in print and ebook! Say What? The Fiction Writer’s Handy Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage. Grammar was never this fun in school!

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The compilation of three years of posts from Say What? on Live Write Thrive PLUS dozens of helpful tips just for fiction writers.

Click HERE to buy the ebook and HERE for the print book on Amazon. Available online at all retailers. A must-have book!


FREE articles I’ve written for writers:

first page checklist for Novels

Fiction Critique Checklist

Dos and Don’ts When Querying an Agent

The Right Way to Write a Query Letter

10 Secrets to Selling on Amazon


Some of the posts I’ve written as a guest blogger:

The Burden of Your Novel’s Opening Scene ~ on Storyfix

How to Write Well – 10 Essential Self-Editing Tips ~ on Write to Done

Writing: The Grammar Principle ~ on ALLI self-publishing advice blog

Ask Questions to Find Your Story ~ on Writers Helping Writers

3 Grammar Gremlins That Sometimes Sneak into Our Writing ~ on Grammarly

6 Quick Tricks to Help You Tighten Up Your Writing ~ on The Positive Writer

Genre vs. Author Platform: Which Matters More ~ on The Book Designer

Quick Tricks to Trimming the Fat from Your Writing ~ on Grammerly Blog

How to Tap into Your Passion Every Time You Write ~ on Write to Done

The Secret to “Show, Don’t Tell” ~ on Wordplay, K. M. Weiland’s blog

5 Key Questions to Ask as You Write Your Novel ~ on Write to Done

Getting Perspective in Your Writing Journey ~ in Writer’s Digest Magazine (Chuck Sambuchino’s blog)

Manuscript Critiques–A Help or a Hindrance? ~ on The Book Designer (Joel Friedlander)

Writing the Heart of Your Story ~ On The Creative Penn

The Right Copyeditor for an Independent Author ~ On The Alliance of Independent Authors Advice Blog

3 Questions You Must Ask Your Characters ~ On Larry Brooks’s Blog Storyfix

The Plot Thickens ~ On The Bookshelf Muse

4 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Editor ~ On Jane Friedman

The Mystery of Success ~ On Mystery Writing is Murder (Elizabeth Craig)

How to Use Layers to Enhance Your Plot ~ On The Write Practice

Writing for Life: 5 Practical Goals for Writers ~ On The Creative Penn

The Blessing of Discouragement ~ On Pen and Prosper

One Dose of Optimism Coming Up ~ On Novelists at Work

One Dish of Critique–But Hold the Criticism ~ On Wordplay–Helping Writers Become Authors (K. M. Weiland)

Does It Really Pay to Get Your Manuscript Critiqued? ~ On Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog

 Uncovering the Unseen in Scenes ~ On Christian Authors Network (CAN)

 Honing Your Writing Skills ~ On Christian Authors Network (CAN)

Is Christian Fiction Effective? ~ On Nikole Hahn’s Journal


Other people’s FREE articles (here with permission):

How to Write a Great Synopsis by Jeff Gerke, publisher of Marcher Lord Press


Great books for writers!

My favorite book on the writing craft by my favorite mystery author!

There is no better book on writing a blockbuster novel (and take Donald Maass’s workshop if you’re really serious about being a great novelist!):

Here’s Donald Maass’s other great book no writer should be without:

Jim Bell’s books on Writing Craft are the best. Highly recommended here!

Author Brandilyn Collins has a great book on developing deep characters:

Angela Ackerman, with The Bookshelf Muse, has released her great Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression!

Noah Lukeman goes in depth on opening scenes in The First Five Pages–a great book:

Sol Stein’s classic–great words of wisdom on the writing craft!

A great book on the importance of proper punctuation:

The best copyediting book out there–my favorite!


Insights on the Writing Life by Jerry Jenkins: