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Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Spann Craig (aka Riley Adams)

Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Spann Craig (aka Riley Adams) | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
Writers In The Storm is delighted to welcome Elizabeth Craig/Riley Adams for this week's Sensational Summer Friday guest post. I'll confess I let out a huge SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE when Elizabeth agreed to...
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S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips
Author of the LaTisha Barnhart Mystery series. New historical romance release coming in May 2013, A Heartbeat Way.
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Clinching the Cliché Conundrum

Clinching the Cliché Conundrum | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

We all know what a cliché is, right? It’s a phrase or expression that's been used so often that it's no longer original or interesting; or, a theme or device so commonly. . .

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Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Spann Craig (aka Riley Adams)

Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Spann Craig (aka Riley Adams) | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
Writers In The Storm is delighted to welcome Elizabeth Craig/Riley Adams for this week's Sensational Summer Friday guest post. I'll confess I let out a huge SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE when Elizabeth agreed to...
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Spiced Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting - Blahnik Baker

Spiced Apple Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting - Blahnik Baker | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
Caramel apple in a cake form? Yes. Soft and fluffy Spiced Apple Cake is paired with salted caramel frosting and topped with smoky salted caramel sauce.
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Returning Lemonade to the Lemons - The Steve Laube Agency

Returning Lemonade to the Lemons - The Steve Laube Agency | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
In my opinion, there are too many suggestions to improve things. Ten keys to success, five days to improving something, 12 steps to overcoming something, transform something by the end of the week, etc. An entirely neglected approach to life is how to make it go sour. Messing it up …
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The Case of the Deadly Slow Writing by Author Sandra Ardoin

The Case of the Deadly Slow Writing by Author Sandra Ardoin | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

National Novel Writing Month  is right around the bend. In my mind, I picture writers everywhere sitting at desks with pencils sharpened and held upright in hand, a couple of spares nearby. They stare at the clock. At the stroke of midnight on November 1, they bend over their desks and don’t look up until 11:59 p.m. on November 30. 

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Deleted Scenes—The Pitfalls, The Upside by Author Beth WIseman

Deleted Scenes—The Pitfalls, The Upside by Author Beth WIseman | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

Is there anything more painful for an author than to hit the ‘Delete’ button?  We’ve given life to our characters, created scenes that we know are perfect, and bled onto the pages.  How in the world can an editor see what we can’t and insist that some pages—maybe even entire scenes—need to go? The horror.

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HELP! I'm a Self-Published Author - The Steve Laube Agency

HELP! I'm a Self-Published Author - The Steve Laube Agency | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
Time and time again, self-published authors come to me asking for help. They self-published or published with a very small press and found that doing all of their own marketing and promotion resulted in sales in the three-figure range. Some authors are able to achieve the low four figures but …
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The Big Red Do-Over Button by Author Christine Lindsay

The Big Red Do-Over Button by Author Christine Lindsay | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

Sadly, God did not issue us with a Do Over Button, but don’t you just wish He had? A nice big one like a giant red Smartie on your desk that you could slam, and it would whip you back several years when you were deciding what to write.

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Characters are Born on iPods by Author Jodie Bailey

Characters are Born on iPods by Author Jodie Bailey | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

I tend to be a character first kind of girl. More often than not, book ideas come to me not in the form of a scene or a plot—although that has happened—but in this feeling somewhere around my heart.  It’s hard to explain, really, but I’m betting if you’re a writer you’ve felt it.  And if you’re a reader, you’ve probably experienced the same tug when you met a really well-written character.  Because, you see, great characters start from the heart.

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Blog | Quilts of Love

Blog | Quilts of Love | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family history.
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Review of Ane Mulligan's "Chapel Springs Revival" by S. Dionne Moore

Review of Ane Mulligan's "Chapel Springs Revival" by S. Dionne Moore | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

Debut author Ane Mulligan has developed a story of a small town that contains a cast of quirky citizens. Claire and Patsy, the two main characters, are fun and charming--you'll wish they were your friends!

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Getting to Know Author Robin Caroll

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Today we're speaking with Robin Caroll, author of 22 published novels. Her books have been named finalists in contests such as the Carol Awards, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best and Book of the Year. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for American Christian Fiction Writers.

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6 Best Writing Tips – Besides “Read Lots” and “Show Don’t Tell” - Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

6 Best Writing Tips – Besides “Read Lots” and “Show Don’t Tell” - Quips and Tips for Successful Writers | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

Just like one man’s trash is another’s treasure, my best writing tips may be your tripe. But can agree we’re tired of writing tips like “show, don’t tell” and “read voraciously”?

Here’s a bit ‘o wisdom from a writer who just won the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award (formerly the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award)

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What's the Word by Author Yvonne Anderson

What's the Word by Author Yvonne Anderson | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

At my first writer’s conference (ACFW, Dallas, 2007), I met with Andy Meisenheimer, then acquisitions editor for Zondervan, to discuss a manuscript. The occasion held a number of personal firsts: among other things, my first conference, my first meeting with an editor, and my first foray into writing science fiction.  (Four years later, the book was published as The Story in the Stars, the first in the Gateway to Gannah series.)

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A Writer’s Work is Never Done by Sandra Ardoin

A Writer’s Work is Never Done by Sandra Ardoin | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

We can write “The End,” but is it really? Writing fiction had lingered in the back of my mind since third grade, but outside of school projects, I never attempted it. I didn’t want to die and have people find what I’d written. J (I still have that fear. Weird.) Still single in my latter twenties, I needed a little extra cash and thought I’d get it through freelance writing. Crazy, huh? The realities of publishing trampled that idea real fast, but by then, I was hooked.

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Take Your Writing Seriously | Writing Forward

Take Your Writing Seriously | Writing Forward | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
If you want to be a serious writer, you need to take the craft seriously.
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Why There’ll Never Be a Perfect Time to Write

Why There’ll Never Be a Perfect Time to Write | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
If you’re struggling to find the time (and energy) to sit down and write, then take heart. You’re not alone – in fact, “finding time to write” is the most
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Old advice that stands the test of time. If you want to write, then write!

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Author Beth Wiseman Talks About 3-D Characters

Author Beth Wiseman Talks About 3-D Characters | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

We’ve all read books with one or two-dimensional characters, those books that tell a great story but lack the motivations to support the actions, thus making it difficult to stay vested and care about the characters. Three-dimensional characters are layered, but the trick is not stuffing it all down the reader’s throat at one time. Motivations will be easier to digest if they are fed to your audience slowly in a precipitated way that keeps the book moving forward while allowing the reader to have a better understanding about what drives your characters. 

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The Most Important Word Every Writer Should Know - The Steve Laube Agency

The Most Important Word Every Writer Should Know - The Steve Laube Agency | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
Failure. It is a word every writer learns to appreciate with time. In the beginning it is frustrating and angry-making. Along the way it becomes “meh” to the point of quitting completely. Eventually there comes the realization that it is normal and part of the business. Michael Jordan, basketball icon, said, …
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Ah…The Easy Life of a Christian Writer—by Christine Lindsay

Ah…The Easy Life of a Christian Writer—by Christine Lindsay | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
A writer, especially a Christian writer, makes loads of money and can afford to be chauffered around and someone else clean her house and make the meals. A published writer also makes so much money he or she does not need another job to pay the bills.  Laughing out loud.  Here’s another one for you:
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Interview with Author Jodie Bailey

Interview with Author Jodie Bailey | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

Today we have the privilege of visiting with Jodie Bailey, who writes novels about freedom and the heroes who fight for it. Her novels include Freefall and Crossfire from Love Inspired Suspense, as well as Quilted by Christmas from Abingdon Press. Her devotions have appeared in Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. She is convinced a camping trip to the beach with her family, a good cup of coffee, and a great book can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs.

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Review of Deborah Raney's "Home to Chicory Lane" by S. A. Black

Review of Deborah Raney's "Home to Chicory Lane" by S. A. Black | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

“Home to Chicory Lane”, written by Deborah Raney, is the first in her series of Chicory Inn novels. With the last of Audrey Whitman’s five children leaving the nest, her eight month plan of transforming their “stately” home into a fifty five hundred square foot place called Chicory Inn was nearing completion. This was her dream come true.

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Blog | Quilts of Love

Blog | Quilts of Love | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
Quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family history.
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TRY it NOW for free!

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Proposals: Know Your Audience - The Steve Laube Agency

Proposals: Know Your Audience - The Steve Laube Agency | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it
I … Love … Coffee … Love going into coffee shops, love ordering the perfect brew, love the ambiance of Starbuck’s and Caribou coffee and Seattle’s Best and Coffee People, and you name it! When my hubby wants to do something special for me, he’ll let me drag him to …
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Review of Sarah Sundin's "In Perfect Time" by S. A. Black

Review of Sarah Sundin's "In Perfect Time" by S. A. Black | S. Dionne Moore & Writing Tips | Scoop.it

Sarah Sundin’s World War II historical romance, In Perfect Time, is the final novel in the Wings of the Nightingale series.  Sarah expertly uses her talents to draw the reader into the World War II era with her penchant for detail.

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