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Tip of the Day: Tell, not show, the uneventful journey through the countryside.

It is a common mantra of writers: show, don’t tell. Understanding exactly what this means is a big step within a writer’s development, however, there will be a time when it is better to tell, not show. The ride through the countryside from Oxford to Cambridge is just one of them. Unless something interesting, and relevant, happens during that journey, just tell us that it happened. You’ll put your reader to sleep, otherwise.

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Hidden Traps by Judy L Mohr

Reviews and Mixed Emotions

Well… As every writer knows, reviews are important. However, reviews seem to be a fickled beast. If one was to receive a large number of 4- and 5-stars, someone like me starts to question how many of those reviews were posted by friends and family. The odd negative review actually gives merit to those high-ranking reviews. On the flip side, if you have a large number of negative reviews, readers will begin to steer clear of your book (possibly even future books), and sales will go down. To complicate matters, if your book has hardly any reviews at all (good or bad), people are leery and unwilling to try their hand at something new — especially from a new, untested author.

Let’s not forget that getting reviews is a mission and a half.

For my book, Hidden Traps, I didn’t quite know what to expect, and now I feel all confused and uncertain.

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Tip of the Day: Pets are characters in their own right.

Pets are a part of our lives, giving depth to the interactions that our characters have with the world around them. However, pets are characters too, even if they are minor characters that never speak. They have little quirks that make them unique and often lovable. Give the pets in your stories the same character development that you would any other character.

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Tip of the Day: The original carrot was purple.

Authenticity within writing extends to beyond characterizations and setting, but also to accuracy within time. Carrots have been a main stay of our diets since ancient Egypt; however, carrots were purple. The first orange carrots weren’t cultivated until the 17th century by the Dutch.

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Email

Fan or Scam

Recently, I encountered a new type of email scam. Well, it actually found me by way of my inbox, but the nature of the scam was beyond laughable. It’s triggered by someone subscribing to my newsletter.

Rest assured that my mailing lists have not been tampered with in any way. This scam originates from the subscriber end. Let me set the stage.

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Tip of the Day: Don’t force yourself to stick to a plot.

There are many out there who insist that you plot every detail before you write a story, and I’ll admit that plotting to a certain level is not a bad idea. However, some writers find the full-detailed plot as stifling to the creative juices. When writing an early draft, don’t beat yourself up if you deviate from that carefully planned out plot. Sometimes the story just wants to go in another direction, so let it. The moment you try for force yourself to stick to the plot is the moment that your writing becomes a drag and no longer a joy […]

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Tip of the Day: A story’s completion is not determined by word counts

NaNoWriMo and CampNaNo reward high word counts, but a story’s completion is not determined by word counts. A story will follow a progression of events from the start and to a natural conclusion. Just because you have achieved your word count goals for the month, have you actually finished that story? If not, keep writing. It’s not finished until you see those words The End. 

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