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EPISODE 19: Writing Realistic Dialogue

In this week’s episode, Ashley and Kerry discuss how to create realistic dialogue along with some helpful resources. WINTER WRITERS’ RETREAT! Join Ashley and Kerry this February in the Mexican Caribbean for a writers retreat. This 5-day trip includes daily beach club access, luxurious lodging and meals, and daily yoga. Come and write in a…

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How to Publish Your Book
How to Publish Your Book
EPISODE 19: Writing Realistic Dialogue
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Should You Be Working with a Writer’s Virtual Assistant?

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy I looked at my to-do list and sighed. It was late, and still, a long roll of undone tasks waited to be finished. I shook my head, knowing there was no way I could complete them all today. Well, these items will have to wait until tomorrow, I told myself– a comforting…

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Should You Use Alpha and Beta Readers?

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy I rechecked my email box—still no message from my Alpha reader. I sent the manuscript’s last chapter several hours ago and can’t wait to hear her thoughts. I’ve never used an Alpha reader before, although I’d heard others mention the benefits. It’s been tricky to find the right person until recently….

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Have Writer’s Block? Here are Some Quick Tips & Tricks

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy Writers often complain about overcoming writer’s block. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what they mean–the reasons can be varied. Is it the fear of the blank page? Does the white computer screen with the blinking cursor terrorize them? Or have they hit an insolvable plot conundrum?  Maybe they are…

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Should You GO Wide or Stick with Kindle Unlimited?

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy You have a book you will soon publish: will you go wide or stay with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program? In the last few years, Amazon has made it easy to publish ebooks. All of this isn’t surprising since they introduced the Kindle and forever changed the publishing landscape. The digital market…

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De-Constructing the Self Editing Process

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy It took ten months to write the rough draft of my latest memoir. With the final touches finished, I wrapped up the last chapter with a sigh of relief. The first of several hurdles in telling my story was done.  But before the self-edits could begin, I needed a break. The…

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The Power of Creating a Writing WorkFlow

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy For as long as I can remember, daily workflows and efficiencies have fascinated me. If I’m going to the store, for example, I ask myself what else I could accomplish while in that area of town. I combine tasks and trips to save me valuable time and money.  I do the…

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Using Enneagram Types to Sketch Fictional Characters

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy This week we interviewed author and podcaster Claire Taylor. She has written over 30 books, including the Jessica Christ Series.  She shared with us a creative technique she uses to sketch a 3-dimensional cast of characters. Enneagram has been in use for over a thousand years to understand what drives human nature. The…

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Facing the Reality of Writing a Rough Draft

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy Okay, it’s common knowledge that the rough draft is supposed to be bad. We are told to write the “shittiest” one possible. The most important thing is to finish it. To let the words flow out onto the page or computer screen without too much censorship. That’s easier said than done….

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As a Writer, Should You be on TikTok?

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy I discovered TikTok almost a year ago. The lip-syncing and cute dances were funny. I’d look up and realize I’d lost an hour watching silly clips.  Could I see myself as a writer on TikTok? No way. The translation from writing to video didn’t make sense. What would I be selling? …

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