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Writing

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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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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Want to Create Believable Fictional Characters?

Start with a Psychological Profile by Kerry Kerr McAvoy Each Friday, my family has a tradition. Two of my adult sons visit for what I call our weekly dinner and a movie. Choosing what we will watch next has become quite the process. My youngest is a cinephile; the show must be well made. We will…

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Do You Want to Know the Secret to Being a Better Writer? Join a Writers’ Community!

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy Before I can sit down to write, I have to clean off the counters, make the bed, and do the dishes. For some reason, I can’t write in a cluttered house. Maybe that was the idea behind the quote, “a messy house equals a messy mind.” All I know is that…

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How to Start Writing a Book

by Ashley Shannon Each person reacts differently when they realize they want to write a book. It’s the easiest part of the process for some, whereas it may be the hardest for others. It could be as simple as “I have this idea, I’m going to write about it!” or it could feel like a…

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Why Do You Write? Here’s Why I Do.

by Kerry Kerr McAvoy Why do you write? Do you dream of seeing your name on a book’s spine? Maybe you’d love to see yourself at a podium reading a passage that you wrote? Or receiving a big royalty check?  The Role of Books in My Life Stories, as books, novellas, and essays, have played…

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