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Half Off Writing Boot Camps ~ South Lake Tahoe, California

For the last five years, I’ve been teaching writing retreats in gorgeous South Lake Tahoe, CA. And each year I keep expanding. New retreats. More instuctors. More instruction!

My co-instructor, Catharine Bramkamp, and I offering writers a very special limited-time offer:

If you come to either two or all three of our Tahoe boot camps this fall, and you sign up before January 31, you will get HALF OFF your boot camp cost.

While every house we’ve rented has been drop-dead gorgeous, we’ve had our eye on this property for some years. In order to rent it, we need to get writers on board ASAP to commit to coming so we can pay for the house and lock it in. Continue Reading…

Why You Need A Book Bible and How to Start One

Today’s guest post is by Natasha D. Lane.

Writing is often seen as a sudden burst of creativity. The muses appear on our shoulders, whispering inspiration in our ears. Our artistic souls are charged and our fingers move across the keyboard with an urgent ease.

Though the poetic image of a carefree writer typing out masterpieces may be appealing, it’s not realistic. If you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll know the scene I described above is not how writing works. Writing, like many arts, is a process that requires patience, discipline, and organization which is where a book bible comes in handy.

What Is A Book Bible?

A book bible is a document that contains all significant information related to a book or a book series. There aren’t any hard and fast rules to building your bible. However, it should be written in a way that finding specific information is easy. If a reader were to get their hands on your bible and read through it, they should understand how your entire book/series plays out. Continue Reading…

3 Keys to Novel-Writing Success

In consideration of National Novel-Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I’m reprinting a post I ran a couple of years back, which should be helpful to anyone writing a novel!

Anyone who’s written a novel—or attempted one—can attest to the level of difficulty involved.

Some of you are presently in the throes of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). You’re racing the clock trying to complete a novel in one month. And that’s a fun and challenging thing to do.

But here’s my question for you: Why are you doing this? Is it just to see if you can throw together something that looks like a novel so you can feel a sense of accomplishment? And don’t get me wrong—I don’t belittle this at all. It takes real strong stick-to-itiveness (yes, that’s a word!) and a big jar of butt glue to stick you in that chair and write a whole lot of words.

If you get to the finish line, you should be proud! Continue Reading…

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