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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…

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Honesty in Writing

“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” John Jakes Honesty in writing is crucial. I don…

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 wh…

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 wh…

A few years ago, I was asked this question in one of my workshops: So my question is: I know you make a living by writing.

On Staying Focused...

A few years ago, I was asked this question in one of my workshops: So my question is: I know you make a living by writing. So what are some tricks you've learned to help you schedule in the time to write and do you do anything before you start to write that helps you to be able to focus on your story and the characters? My Answer: I think that being able to focus on writing is something that will probably haunt me as long as I'm pursuing a career in writing. Maybe it's that way for all of…

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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.

5 Things I’ve Learned About Motivation

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 un…

It’s Your Turn Series Part “An Open Letter” – Run, Sweat, Eat, Repeat We all have a story. Want to share yours?

September #Critique Special

Every once in a while, it’s fun to do something different, don’t you agree? Because I have a September birthday, I usually grow introspective during the month of August as the end of an…

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 …

5 Things I’ve Learned About Creating Fictional Characters

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 ha…

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Tuesday’s Twitter Wisdom – 04/04/2017

Good morning all! Here we go with yesterday’s tweets from my author Twitter account @SherryLewis, plus my own thoughts on today’s topic: revising your novel. Author Jean Fisher offers 7…

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Monday’s Tweets and My Musings from 04/03/2017

Good Tuesday morning, everyone. Here to share yesterday’s tweets on writing and craft and a few of my own thought. Lydia Oyetunji discusses The Proper Use of Italics and Over-Emphasizing on T…

There's a difference between high achievers and perfectionists! Perfectionism: The Moving Target

Friday’s Tweets — 03/31/2017

Okay, I’m going to confess. The day almost got completely away from me. One of my former bosses passed away, and I got caught up in looking at his obituary, pricing flowers, and wishing I cou…

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Space Available for Editing & Tuesday’s Tweets – 03/28/2017

Folks, I’m just finishing up a month-long workshop that has taken a lot of my time during the month of March, and now have space available for a few editing jobs during the month of April. Co…

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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 Mak…

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Sharing info on the business of writing

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." ~Ernest Hemingway There's no end to the things we can learn about the craft of writing, no matter how many books we may have published, and the industry changes so much, so quickly, just trying to keep up can be a…

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An Unbending Honesty

In my previous post about finding what’s wrong in your work, I said that I think writers need to understand the structure of a scene to identify what’s wrong with a scene. Another thing I strongly believe a writer needs is an unbending honesty with himself. This means you have to tell yourself the truth, not what you want to hear. This is tough to do, especially if we’re in the habit of smoothing our own ruffled feathers in other aspects of our lives. If we’ve learned how to pat ourselves on…