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5 Things I’ve Learned About Scene Structure

Does that title give you the heebie-jeebies? Does the idea of imposing structure on your scenes make you want to run and hide? I felt the same way once upon a time, but that was back in the days when I wrote the beginnings of many novels, got bored with every one of them, and… Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned About Scene Structure

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Plotting a Novel

It's always about the reader's experience, never about what makes writing easier for me.

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Motivation

Last week, I blogged about conflict, and I told you that when my understanding of conflict finally dawned, it was one of the most profound moments of my writing career. The day I really began to understand motivation was another. I'd learned all about motivation before I really started writing seriously--or so I thought. Turns… Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned About Motivation

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Conflict

Last week, I shared five things I've learned over the years about creating fictional characters . I decided to continue in that vein today, this time talking about conflict. I've spent the past 24 years or so teaching classes and conducting workshops on writing, and I don't mind telling you that when I had an… Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned About Conflict

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Creating Fictional Characters

It's been a while since I took the time to write an actual blog post here. After more than twenty years of teaching workshops and mentoring other writers, I felt as if I'd said all I had to say on the subject of writing and figured anybody who read this blog had already heard it… Continue reading 5 Things I’ve Learned About Creating Fictional Characters

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Links from Tuesday 6/6/2017 & Revisions

Good Wednesday morning, everyone. I've undertaken a project to revitalize, revise, and otherwise rejuvenate about 20 books from my backlist to which the rights have reverted back to me. One-by-one, I've been getting them up on amazon.com and available once again after a bit of languishing in my publishers' warehouses. That means I've been doing… Continue reading Links from Tuesday 6/6/2017 & Revisions

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Links from Monday, 6/5/2017 & Saggy Middles

It's Tuesday morning and a gray, gloomy day at my house. I hope it's better weather where you are.  I came across some interesting articles on writing, publishing and creativity on Monday and I shared them on Twitter and LinkedIn. If you didn't see them on one of those social media outlets, I've gathered them… Continue reading Links from Monday, 6/5/2017 & Saggy Middles

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Twitter Wisdom from Friday — 04/07/2017

Just finished up with another editing job and have space open for another client or two if you're interested in getting help with your manuscript. I've been editing my own books and books for other writers for more than two decades. If you're interested, check out my Manuscript Evaluations page for more information. In the… Continue reading Twitter Wisdom from Friday — 04/07/2017

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Thursday’s Tweets — 03/30/2017

I've collected all my writing tweets from Thursday so I can share them with you here. You can also find them by following @SherryLewis on Twitter. From Kobo Writing Life: 5 Tips on How to Make Your Writing Process Feel Like a Game. From Kristen Lamb: The Novel That Isn't a Novel--Do You Really Have a… Continue reading Thursday’s Tweets — 03/30/2017

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Wednesday’s Twitter Wisdom – 03/29/2017

Wednesday was a good day on Twitter. It was hard to confine myself to just a few articles and blog posts. But here they are: I still have a few openings for editing/critiquing clients, so give me a shout if you're interested in grabbing a spot. From the Self-Publishing Advice Center: A Good Book Is… Continue reading Wednesday’s Twitter Wisdom – 03/29/2017