Category Archives: Guest Posts

250 Words That Will Make or Break You

This is it! The Read Play Edit Restoration Project is almost complete! My friends have been helping me out with new and recycled posts of their own while I wrote and rewrote new articles to run in the new year. Today is the last of them—another great post from YA author N. K. Traver. This […]

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Finding Your Genre: An Epiphany

In my ongoing Read Play Edit Rehabilitation Program, let me introduce my friend Christa Allan, writing about the importance of identifying your genre in a post repurposed from her own blog. Finding Your Genre: An Epiphany If you’re not from New Orleans and you find yourself plopped in the Big Easy one day, it’s likely […]

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The Voices in My Head

In this week’s guest post (we’re still operating in the Read Play Edit Blog Recovery Plan), author Norma Horton discusses character creation. The Voices in My Head Authors use a variety of tools to develop characters. My mentor, a Christy-Award-winning author, uses a complex questionnaire. Another author friend creates characters from a pastiche of people she […]

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Don’t Be Trolling: “A Typo Is Just a Typo”

Every so often I read something one of my friends has written and think, Man, I wish I’d written that! Which is exactly how I felt when I read this one from writer/editor Beth Bates. :) And with the Read Play Edit Blog Recovery Plan still in effect, I had the perfect excuse to borrow […]

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Editing From Both Sides of the Desk

A while back, editor Ramona Richards suggested she and I do a tag-team sort of post … and it never ran. That was a blessing in disguise, because now I really need it for the Read Play Edit Blog Recovery Plan! Here’s a look at a freelance editor and a managing editor, working together. Editing […]

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Product Planting for Writers

I am learning so much from my friends! This week author Michelle Weidenbenner helps keep Read Play Edit ticking over while I recover from that nasty hard drive failure—and brings a new way to think about book marketing. Read on! Product Planting for Writers Who wouldn’t like to sell more books? But how? Maybe the […]

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The Book Deal That Wasn’t

Welcome to the Read Play Edit Blog Recovery Plan! This is how it works: while I’m writing up new posts and trying to replicate the ones I lost, my friends are standing in the gap with original and repurposed posts to keep me going. (I’m planning to be up and running by the new year.) […]

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What Do Monkeys and Manuscripts Have in Common?

Being off my regular blogging schedule—because, I’ll remind you, my hard drive failed and I lost a lot of work—has affected me in other ways. So while my friends are faithfully supplying articles for me to post, sometimes I forget which day of the week it is. :) This week, debut author Varina Denman talks […]

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The Creative Person’s Guide to Time Management

As you know, my computer had problem a month ago; I lost a lot of information, including blog posts and notes. You might say I’m a little under the blog weather. :) But I’m getting by with a little help from my friends. This week, author Judy Christie discusses time management. The Creative Person’s Guide […]

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Survive—and Thrive!

I’m starting to dig out of my Black Hole of Lost Work. Meaning I have a little bit of me left over at the end of the day to think about my personal writing, and have begun making notes. And writing. A little. While I work on more articles, I’ve got some lovely loaners. Here’s […]

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