Pet peeves…we’ve all got them. Some are just pesky annoyances like using words like conversate instead converse but some pet peeves have more to do with work. They can be harder to deal with because they affect our livelihoods....
Every real writer I know has already written at least three books before becoming an adult.  Whether written in crayon on construction paper and stapled together or typed up on a word processor, that driving desire is just what...
Years ago, author Stephen Strauss wrote a children’s book called “How Big Is Big?” The premise is that what’s big in one situation could be small in another.  A bumblebee is huge to an ant, but tiny to an...
Deep question: If you write a book and don’t market it, did you really write a book?  One of the toughest lessons first-time authors learn is that finishing a book is really the beginning of a long process of...
Just as a mighty oak tree starts with a tiny acorn, the smallest ideas become story lines for get novels. Best-selling author of Gone Girl,  about a man accused of murdering his wife after she mysteriously disappears, Gillian Flynn...
Social media is all around us. What started out as a way for college students to stay connected with one another has now consumed the business world. Most businesses that have an online presence typically have at least one...
“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers.”  Carl Sagan I often think back on my life so far and what’s to come, I realize how much I’m shaped...
Life goes on even when we’re working our novels. In the midst of creating your masterpiece, you may be working a primary job, caring for elderly parents, helping your children with homework, and trying to keep up a fitness...
If  only  writers were valued as much as professional athletes.  If that were so, you might decide that you no longer want to be associated  with a particular team or company but instead would become a free agent. This...
Thanks to our mobile phones and laptops,  most of us are never too far away from social media.  And even though we see big companies and celebrities use it well to promote their products and events, sometimes we rely...

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