Writing

Where Have the Children Gone?

Sitting in an overstuffed chair in the corner of my bedroom, I can hear the laughter of children just beyond the outer wall of my backyard. You can hear them yelling, laughing, and once in a while, crying.

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Should You Write to Market: An Author’s Dilemma

There’s a popular term in the writing world directing individuals toward financial success: Write to Market. When you Write to Market, you are discovering what people are paying for and writing to satisfy that niche.  Is there anything wrong with this? Are you a sell-out for doing this?  Yes. And no.  Let me explain it…

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All Hail King Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing

All hail the king of self publishing, King Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)! The King of the Hill in the self publishing world is definitely Amazon. You don’t have to bow down to the King, but you do have to respect the kingdom. In publishing my books, I whole-heartedly worshipped the King. I published on the KPD platform…

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Battling Your Inner-Hypocritical Voice

How can you write a book—or an article—when you’re not a professional in the field you’re writing about? Who are you to tell me how to deal with certain things in my life when you are struggling with them yourself? Do you have a degree in that field? I fight a daily battle writing. The…

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Given a Second Chance by Rusty Ellis

Given a Second Chance - Rusty Ellis

Available on Amazon.com!  There are times in life when we are faced with decisions having everlasting effects. Hunter is a high school student, forced to choose which path to take. Hitting his head during an LDS church basketball game, his memory is shaken. The results leave him scrambling to make sense of his relationships with…

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Can You Afford to Spend Your Time on That?

Can You Afford to Spend Your Time on That?

I went to an appointment today and the person I was supposed to meet with was over an hour late. She was so late I had to go to another appointment and then drive the 17 miles back to her office for our 15-minute meeting. I’m not sure whether I’m more ticked about having to…

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Writing a Sentence and Starting Your Novel

Writing a Sentence and Starting Your Novel

“I’m working on a novel.” – me and about every writer I know. Before I started writing, I would actually spend time reading books for enjoyment and knowledge. Now that I’m working on another novel (really), my reading is a little more critical. Justify My Writing Existence Being painfully truthful, I read books in my…

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What Do You Do When You’re Bored With Your Novel

What Do You Do When You're Bored With Your Novel

I’m about 20,000 words (20k) in on a novel and am a little bored with it. Maybe it’s not boredom. Maybe the problem is I’m excited about another novel series I want to start. Committed vs Being Committed The result is that I’ve stalled in working on my novel. I make up excuses not to…

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