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Writing Tip: Word Count Goal

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Writing Tip: Word Count Goal

Nearly every successful person will tell you that goals are a necessity when it comes to achieving success. In the writing industry, I believe goals play an integral part of the process. I encourage all writers to set a specific goal when it comes to how many words you would like to write each day. Write down your goal, post it where you can see the number frequently, and work diligently to meet your goal every day. What should your number be? Well, that depends on your schedule and your commitment to writing. My word count goal is typically 1.5k words per...

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My Interview with Allen (Reader/Writer)

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My Interview with Allen (Reader/Writer)

A new and exciting adventure I am enjoying at my events is interviewing random readers. Most of the talks will be related to books, but we will also chat about all walks of life, including family, movies, vacations, and favorites! There are no limits to the conversations that might come up, the interviews are completely unscripted. So, while most authors are searching for people to interview them, I am reversing the roles. I love talking to readers, and now I will be sharing some of those conversations with you. To view my most recent interview with Allen (Reader/Writer) visit my YouTube...

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Book Review: "Me Before You"

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Book Review: "Me Before You"

The aspect I most enjoyed about this novel is the uniqueness of the story--I can honestly say I have never read a book like this one. I also valued the fact that the novel caused me to think of how I might handle the situation from the perspective of each of the characters. Of course from the outside, it's simple to say what I would have done, but ultimately, in real life, I would not want to face the challenges within these pages. With love and grace is most likely the best answer I can provide. As a novelist, I...

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My Summer Reading List

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My Summer Reading List

The anticipation of summer reading is quite exhilarating! The first two books on my summer reading list are: -The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman) -Dear Carolina (Kristy Woodson Harvey) These two novels have come highly recommended by friends, and I have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to dig into each of these books. I encourage you to click on the titles above so that you can read the synopsis of each story to see if you might like to add one or both to your summer reading list as well. Please also feel free to share your list here for...

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Character Traits

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Character Traits

This is a follow-up to my previous blog "Naming Characters". Another related question readers often ask is, "Do you model your characters personalities and appearances after people you know?" As far as appearances are concerned, not particularly--those I kind of just create based on what I feel best fits the story. Personalities, on the other hand, I pick up on from people in real life all the time. I have always been a people watcher in public and private settings. It is interesting to watch the things that people do and listen to the things that they say. I do not mold a...

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