Let's Talk Critique Partners!

Let's Talk Critique Partners!

Recently, I've seen quite a few critique partner threads pop up in some of the Facebook groups I'm in.  I've also seen questions pop up like: What is a critique partner? Is a critique partner the same as a beta reader? Where do I find a critique partner? How do I communicate with a critique partner? In today's blog post I'm going to answer all of those questions and more.

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How to Write a Strong Opening

How to Write a Strong Opening

In the past, I've blogged about how to write a great first chapter for your novel, but I didn't dig too deep into the opening lines of a novel. In all honesty, the opening first lines of your novel may be the most important lines in your entire book. Those are the lines that a potential reader reads to decide if your book is important enough to buy. If those opening lines, or pages, don't grab their attention, readers may not finish, or even buy, your book. 

How do we, as writers, write strong opening lines that grab our reader's attention? I will discuss four tips below. 

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Five Pieces of Writing Advice to Ignore (Or at Least Take with a Grain of Salt)

Five Pieces of Writing Advice to Ignore (Or at Least Take with a Grain of Salt)

Jacinta Hudson was kind enough to invite me to write a guest post on her blog. Hop on over to her site to check it out and read my post on "Five Pieces of Writing Advice to Ignore (Or at Least Take with a Grain of Salt).

Writing advice is abundant. There will always be bloggers, writers, YouTubers, podcasters, etc. who will try to bombard you with writing advice. (This includes me!) However, as with all pieces of advice, there are definitely tips you should take with a grain of salt.

Tip One: Write every day: When I first started on my writing journey, I took this advice as law. I started a writing chain and committed myself to write for at least fifteen minutes a day, every day. For a while, things were good. I was able to batch blog posts, consistently work on my WIP (work-in-progress), and draft content for my newsletter.

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