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Motivation for Prodding Your Muse #1

by SSRA Blog Contributor

This is the first in a series of motivational blogs provided by SSRA member Barbara Cairns. Each blog is an excerpt from “The Writer’s Devotional” and provides inspirational messages for us as writers. Please enjoy!

Carol Megge Discusses “Finding Character”

by SSRA Blog Contributor

Carol Megge provides us an interesting perspective into what Samuel Johnson has taught her about writing. Based on ideas presented by Mr. Johnson, Carol has discovered our own fictional heroes, heroines and villains have weaknesses and flaws they must conquer, or at least realize, in order to change. In romances these changes ensure an HEA ending. This blog promises to stir your own thoughts about conquering weaknesses.

The Writers Inner Toolbox

by SSRA Blog Contributor

Michael Ditchfield asks the question, are you happy with what you’ve accomplished so far as a writer? If not, Michael shares some inspirational words to help push us all to the next level, and reminds us… we are all winners!

Dialogue and Action Tags

by SSRA Blog Contributor

Today, Michael Ditchfield gives us his perspective on the use of dialogue tags. Join us as Michael discusses how not to overuse those two pesky words, “said” and “asked”.

When is RETREAT a good idea?

by Dylan Newton
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Dylan Newton

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Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York where the local library was her favorite hang-out. Despite earning a degree in English Literature, Dylan spent more than a decade sidetracked by an executive position in corporate America where she swears she contracted testosterone poisoning. After leaving, she dedicated herself to more estrogen-rich passions, like motherhood, writing romance novels and her never-ending quest for the perfect date night.

Dylan married her high-school sweetheart and they are busy living out their own happily ever after in sunny Florida with their two incredible daughters and a snoring Shiz-Tsu.

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When is RETREAT a good idea? When it’s a Writer’s Retreat, of course! I’m super excited for our member’s only SSRA Writer’s Retreat, scheduled October 16-18 at the beautiful Fanning Springs State Park. Organized by our lovely VP-Programs, Jessica Nelson, the retreat will be exactly what we writers need: Plotting exercises to get your WIP […]

This March, declare WAR with your NOVEL

by Dylan Newton
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Dylan Newton

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Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York where the local library was her favorite hang-out. Despite earning a degree in English Literature, Dylan spent more than a decade sidetracked by an executive position in corporate America where she swears she contracted testosterone poisoning. After leaving, she dedicated herself to more estrogen-rich passions, like motherhood, writing romance novels and her never-ending quest for the perfect date night.

Dylan married her high-school sweetheart and they are busy living out their own happily ever after in sunny Florida with their two incredible daughters and a snoring Shiz-Tsu.

Dylan can be found online at: DylanNewton.com
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March is named after Mars, the Roman God of war, and as such, I thought it fitting that we launch an offensive attack on our novels! That’s right–be warned, oh works-in-progress! Gird your loins, novels-without-contracts! March is the month of you will heed our writer-ly demands, or be revised within an inch of your manuscript […]

Loretta’s Thursday Tidbit – Genre Fiction

by Loretta C. Rogers

For the next few weeks, Loretta Rogers will provide us with the basic principles for writing genre fiction. While there is no step-by-step formula for writing each genre, Loretta suggests that the best way to learn how to write your genre of choice is to read as much as possible in that particular genre.

Loretta’s Thursday Tidbit – My Genre is…uhmm?

by Loretta C. Rogers

Loretta Rogers explains why every writer must identify a ‘specific’ genre for our novel. Knowing your genre helps make the connection between story and reader, and helps you to find the right audience who will love your book. If you can’t answer the question, ‘what are you writing?’, then today’s tidbit is for you!