4 Ways to Deal with Discouragement

4 Ways to Deal with Discouragement

My writing sucks. No one likes it, and I can’t fix all the problems. I’ll never succeed. I should quit trying and find a “real” job I’m actually talented at.   If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably had doubts similar to...
You Won NaNoWriMo. Now What?

You Won NaNoWriMo. Now What?

Hooray! You dashed off at least 50,000 words in one month. Maybe you even finished a full novel. But once the mad rush is over, how can you salvage the mess you created? (Mess is used affectionately here. Since NaNo produces quantity rather than quality, your draft...
Writing Realistic Romance

Writing Realistic Romance

I’ve read several romance novels, both Christian and “clean,” and made two main observations: many of the stories are unrealistic and follow the same basic plotline.   Female meets male. They can’t stand each other. (Or maybe they like each other, but...
6 Tips for Writing Family-Friendly Westerns

6 Tips for Writing Family-Friendly Westerns

The 1860s to 1890s were a shoot ’em up, bang ’em up period full of drinking, swearing, killing, and general lawlessness. So, how are you supposed to write a wholesome story set during the Wild West?   If you’re like me, you love Westerns. However, due to the...
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