Infographic: 15 Common Grammar Mistakes from Copyblogger

by Gabbi Hall Your vs. you’re. There, their and they’re. Then vs. than. We have all been known to make grammatical errors from time to time. “Making some grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness,” wrote Brian Clark, the founder of Copyblogger. Copyblogger created this infographic to share 15 common…

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Author Advice: Breaking Through Writer’s Block

by Pamme Boutselis We know what it’s like—you’re on deadline and whether it’s for a school or professional assignment, you have a finite time in which to finish the piece. Yet every time you start to type, you draw a complete blank. The words start to come and seem to…

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Advice from 2013 Finalists for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards

by Amanda Marsico I’m here with installment two of the James River Writers Conference 2013 sessions review. The second session I attended was led by the 2013 finalists in fiction for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards: Gigi Amateau, Clifford Garstang, Robert Goolrick, Lydia Netzer, and Kevin Powers, moderated by Peggy…

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Tips for Building Suspense from the James River Writers Conference

by Amanda Marsico After giving myself some time to let the information overload of the 2013 James River Writers Conference settle, I’m finally got around to sharing the great tips from the “Suspense Across the Genres” session, with speakers Philippa Ballantine, Christopher McDougall, Kevin O’Malley, and Howard Owen, moderated by Julie Geen. Here are…

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3 Writers Share The Best Advice They Have Ever Been Given

by Gabbi Hall The Penmen Review asked writers what the best advice they have been given was. Here is what three writers had to say: Raegan Payne is an award winning, published and regularly produced playwright. She is also a nationally recognized blogger. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Write one…

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Tick, Tock: Author Robert Hilliard Offers Advice on Time Management

Robert Hilliard is the author of “A Season on the Allegheny“, a non-fiction book about Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest. For him, one of the greatest challenges to completing his book, which has been called  “a well-researched, well-written account” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was finding time to sit down and write. To…

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Writing – Which Word to Use When

by Yvonne Perry The English language is one of the hardest to learn to write. That’s because there are so many words that sound alike that have totally different meanings. A lot of people make innocent mistakes in writing-not just typos where a finger slipped-but a spelling mistake that causes…

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3 Common Struggles of Being a Writer (and How to Combat Them)

by Gabbi Hall Writer’s have a unique set of hurdles when it comes to creating a masterpiece, so we asked writers, “What do you struggle with most in your writing? How do you combat it?” Three authors shared their biggest obstacles and how they overcome them. 1. Description. Describing people and…

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Choosing a Publishing Method

By Yvonne Perry Perhaps you are writing a fiction mystery novel, and are unsure whether to look for an agent to pitch your book to a conventional publisher, self-publish on your own, or use a publish-on-demand company to bring your book to market. There are a few things to consider…

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5 Discoveries About the Interview Process

by Joan Raymond First, a disclaimer: This is not one of those “How to Get the Best Interview Possible in 11 Easy Steps” type articles. Instead, this is my eight-week journey from inexperienced interviewer to weekly feature writer for a local publication. I’m still not an expert, but I have…

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