Category Archives: Encouragement

AUTHOR QUOTE: Finding Your Voice

If your passions are strong and you’re a fighter, the question of voice is a superficial one. You are eager to speak; you only need the podium. That is, you need the writing technique. But don’t worry about voice. If … Continue reading

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1 Sure Thing a Writer Can Know

*by Jean Foster Akin* I had always written for adults and never had any desire to write for middle readers. It never even occurred to me to write for middle readers until I took a course in college wherein I … Continue reading

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Are You Afraid to Write That Story?

*by Jean Foster Akin* “We all love a good story. We all love a tantalizing mystery. We all love the underdog pressing onward against seemingly insurmountable odds. We all, in one form or another, are trying to make sense of … Continue reading

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No Perfect First Chapters, a quote from the indomitable Leonard Bishop

In the vast and various realm of ‘how-to-write guides’ there is no law, canon, edict, ukase, tenet or rule that declares that the writer must begin at the beginning of the novel he wants to write. The only fully functional … Continue reading

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The Joy of Writing In The New Year

**by Jean Foster Akin** Did you sit down to write as much as you’d have liked this last year? I know: I haven’t either. I wasted a lot of time. When I felt “stuck” with my writing, or was overwhelmed with … Continue reading

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The Writer’s #1 Method to Cut Down on Anxiety & Self-Loathing

*Jean Foster Akin* Your jaw is tense. You can feel the headache beginning behind your eyes and at your temples. The muscles at the back of your neck could be packed with lead. You glance at your wrist watch. They’ll all … Continue reading

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Writing About Grief

*Jean Foster Akin* Being hooked on melodrama is not the same thing as chronicling grief–even if the chronicling is masked by its insertion into the life of a fictional character. Those who have endured grief and write about it can … Continue reading

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