My Top 6 Things to Do in the Azores

The Azores are a beautiful destination for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and a little adventure without an overly “touristy” feel. I can best describe it as a semi-tropical version of Ireland, complete with a temperate climate and breath-taking scenery. My wife and I were very happy in our choice of destination for our 20th…

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My Author Journey (August, 2018)

Last month was crazy for me, and this month is shaping up to be even crazier. Last week, my wife and I went to the Azores for our 20th anniversary, and it was gorgeous! I also managed to write over 10K words on the trip–my wife is so tolerant that way. Other than that, my…

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Writer’s Blog Roundup (July, 2018)

Here are my five favorite posts from the last month: 1 . 12 Mistakes Authors Make in Connecting with Readers url: https://rachellegardner.com/connecting-with-readers/ A simple list of things to consider on connecting with readers OUTSIDE of your books. 2. Evoking Emotion in Fiction: 7 Pragmatic Ways to Make Readers Give a Damn url: http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-goal/improve-my-writing/writing-tips-for-evoking-emotion-in-fiction Co-incidentally, this…

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Love It, Review It, Give It Away: The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass

It’s time again for my monthly giveaway and review. To find out how to enter for a chance to win a copy of Donald Maass’s The¬†Emotional Craft of Fiction, check out the giveway rules here. The contest ends August Monday 6 at 11:59pm EDT. Review in a nutshell: A excellent book that explores the emotional…

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The Dragon’s in the Details: Establishing Setting in a Fantasy World (Part 1)

Over the last year, I’ve repeatedly disagreed with a critique group member about how much setting description is necessary in our novels. He favors long descriptions, while I prefer my prose more sparse. Truthfully, both are valid and will appeal to different audiences. But I also know with my own writing that my view of…

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