A Beginning
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A Beginning

All stories have a beginning. A good one sets the tone of the story to come. It attracts the reader to a protagonist who’s flawed, faces impossible obstacles, yet somehow triumphs in the end. At least that’s the gist of my favorite stories. True, there’s lots more to come, but a great start helps me…

What you don’t know is hurting your writing career…
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What you don’t know is hurting your writing career…

Thousands upon thousands of people are interested in writing–everything from books to blogs to memoirs to articles.  You name it, tons of people have thought about writing it.  And you’ve probably heard all the statistics–how hard it is to get published. But maybe you haven’t heard the other part to that statement–because here it is…the…

A Writer’s Conference Can Change Your Life
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A Writer’s Conference Can Change Your Life

Why are we passionate about writer’s conferences? At my first writer’s conference at University of Oklahoma, I met Kathryn Fanning. A few months later I attended her freelance writing class at the library. That led to being in her critique group, and the first thing Kathryn taught was to write what you know, which for me was: children,…

Looking for a Way to Launch Your Writing Career?
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Looking for a Way to Launch Your Writing Career?

I made my first sale to Guideposts magazine in 1986, and my next story is scheduled to run in the August issue. That’s 31 years writing for one of America’s most popular and beloved magazines. Guideposts has celebrated 71 years of continual publication and has an audience of 5,203,000 people.  Guideposts is also famous for helping hopeful writers develop their craft…

Have a story idea? Whatever you do, don’t do THIS…
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Have a story idea? Whatever you do, don’t do THIS…

You’ve seen images like those above all over Pinterest. Or other social media outlets…giant “word lists” as I call them, designed to help writers. This boils down to opening a thesaurus, right? You need a different word so you google it, pin it, look it up. But creating this habit–the habit of switching one word…

Just Announced: Special Track for Preteens and Teens!
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Just Announced: Special Track for Preteens and Teens!

Calling all preteens and teens! Write Well Sell Well is pleased to announce a special track, where Gina Conroy will show you the ropes and help bring your story idea to light. Each morning we will have a session for 4th-6th graders, and each afternoon will be a session for 7th-12th graders. You’ll discover: 4 elements of a story:…