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The HOT SEAT with Angela & Becca Is Tomorrow…Have You Signed Up?

What’s more fun than an Author Q & A? Easy, a HOT SEAT. Hot, as in Angela will put Becca in the Hot Seat and ask questions she won’t see coming…and then Becca will repay the favor. Hot, as in YOU decide what those questions are, not us! Ask us about how we met, the almost-calamity when we visited Disney World, how...

CRITIQUES 4 U!

Welp, Angela and I are in full-blown, a-million-balls-in-the-air, pre-publication madness right now. It’s crazy, but we love it because it means that by this time next week, The Occupation Thesaurus will be available at all our regular distributors :). In case you were looking for news on that, you can find some information about the book here. ...

Ready to Put Angela & Becca in the HOT SEAT?

You guys! Do you realize the NEXT Thesaurus Writing Guide, The Occupation Thesaurus, will be here in less than 10 days? *excited shrieking* Our book release event is July 20th and many great prizes will be up for grabs. But before that, we’re putting on a LIVE event and we hope you’ll join. The Hot Seat Because this book...

Improve Your Fiction by Studying the Brothers Grimm

We all know how important it is to read within our genre. Doing so shows us what elements make those books successful (and also what overdone tropes to avoid). But reading outside of our genre can be just as helpful. It’s always a good idea to examine what works and why, so we can apply those successful components to our own stories. Fairy tales have...

Joining Forces: Harnessing the Power of Coauthoring

I always knew coauthoring had benefits – half the workload, and twice the platform to launch from are the obvious bonuses. Sure, you have to split your royalties, but you also share the costs. But I had reservations (how do you allocate who writes what? What if you don’t like each other’s ideas or writing?), so it was relegated to something other authors...

Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Failing at Something

HAPPY JULY 4TH TO MY AMERICAN FRIENDS! And now back to our regularly scheduled Conflict Thesaurus entry… Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to...

The Character-Building Detail Writers Shouldn’t Overlook

The farther I get into this writing and coaching career, the more I find myself talking about details, and how important it is to get them right. Whether we’re figuring out which backstory information to include or are writing characterization, settings, and physical descriptions, there’s SO much we could write into our stories. But we all know the...

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

As authors, we’re often seen as experts in certain areas. If we branch out into speaking engagements, editing, or coaching, this perception increases exponentially. And despite our credentials, experience and knowledge, it’s easy for us to doubt ourselves. Imposter Syndrome is real, and Elizabeth Hartl is here with some tips on putting it in its place....

Conflict Thesaurus Entry: Being Mistaken for Someone Else

Conflict is very often the magic sauce for generating tension and turning a ho-hum story into one that rivets readers. As such, every scene should contain a struggle of some kind. Maybe it’s an internal tug-of-war having to do with difficult decisions, morals, or temptations. Or it possibly could come from an external source—other characters, unfortunate...

The Emotional Roller Coaster all Writers Experience

Welcoming Martha Alderson (The Plot Whisperer) today, who is brilliant at digging down to the deepest layers of a story. Martha’s new book, Boundless Creativity: A Spiritual Workbook for Overcoming Self-Doubt, Emotional Traps, and Other Creative Blocks (affiliate link) tackles the inner journey of writers and what might hold them back from producing...

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