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April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm

Spelling – Even the best spellers make mistakes. Use a software program like Grammarly or WordWeb (both of which have free versions.) Both may catch other errors in word usage – like affect vs. effect – and both do offer a thesaurus so you can find a better word or correct one that’s overused.

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It Takes a Village

February 13, 2015 – 9:04 pm

I’m sure you’ve all heard the phrase “It Takes A Village” in reference to raising kids. I think it’s true in terms of growing an author, too! We need support, encouragement, advice, and sometimes a helping hand.
Writing can be a lonely and solitary endeavor. A writer spends so much time alone with nothing but her thoughts and a computer. When I’m deep into a book …

On Amazon’s new review policy…

November 6, 2012 – 10:23 am

Character, they say, is what you do when nobody sees you, for people who can do you no good. It’s also all you have left when you’ve lost everything else. At least, that’s what I was taught. You didn’t lie, you didn’t cheat, and you didn’t pad your resume. And isn’t that what you do when you give yourself a good review? Especially when you …