Category Archives: Story Perfect Newsletter Posts

How to put your writing time first and get your writing done, no matter what

It’s late and everyone in your house has gone to sleep. If you’re a writer, there’s a good chance this might be your favorite time of day. No one is around to interrupt you. You’ve had time to have dinner, … Continue reading

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Self-editing for writers: how to approach revision and drafting effectively

I bought my first house a few years ago. It’s a well-maintained home in a quiet residential area with a quaint little office overlooking the street, which makes it an ideal place for an editor to live. I’m grateful that the … Continue reading

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How to decide if you’re ready to publish: channeling your inner ideal reader

Probably the most common editing clients I work with are romance writers. Romance is a very competitive genre, one that requires several releases per year, preferably monthly, to stay competitive and to maintain a readership. Romance authors, understandably, crank out … Continue reading

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Reading as a writer: how to be inspired, while staying true to your vision

I’ll admit that I don’t read nearly as much as I wish I could. Since I write all weekend and during the week I’m immersed in editing projects, I often find that my brain wants anything but words by the … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades Darker: Why Reviews (Shouldn’t) Matter (to Authors)

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I’m seeing the movie “Fifty Shades Darker” next week, the second movie in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. Since it seems a fitting time for confessions, I’ll also admit I saw the … Continue reading

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Busting the Myth of the Creative Muse: Harnessing the Power of Concrete Milestones

Yesterday, it snowed again. I live in the very wintry city of Winnipeg, and this winter has been particularly snowy. In the five weeks spanning December and the start of January, this city had five blizzards, accumulating as much snow … Continue reading

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Saying No: 3 Way to Stop Spending Your Time on Good Ideas So That You Can Find Your Great Ideas

This week, while our blizzard woes have evolved into a brief interlude of almost-spring, I’ve found myself swimming in chaos in my own work life. The slush goes something like this: While I work hard on editing projects that occupy … Continue reading

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