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  1. 2011: Looking backward to plan forward.

    2011: Looking backward to plan forward.

    by Justin C. Key4 comments

    I reflect on 2010 and set a whopper of a goal for the new year.

    It's the New Year and, apparently, time for some new plans. It's funny how we feel compelled to change based on a word and a number that we assign to the earth's rotation/orbit. Nonetheless, the motiv...

  2. A Year in Books

    A Year in Books

    by Holly Jennings2 comments

    A look back at the books I read in 2010.

    I’ve read thirty-nine books this year, and hope to finish at least two more before the year’s end. Not a particularly brag-worthy number, but I suspect it’s higher than average. Looking over the list,...

  3. The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    by Justin C. Key6 comments

    My thoughts on the series.

    Every writer should read as much as they can. I think we can all agree to that to some degree. Personally, it's been hard to find the time to fulfill this essential part of my chosen profession, but I...

  4. 5 Things to Do With Your NaNoWriMo Manuscript

    5 Things to Do With Your NaNoWriMo Manuscript

    by Holly Jennings14 comments

    Tongue-in-cheek suggestions for your life after NaNoWriMo.

    We are nearly halfway into the month of December. Last month, some of you actually completed the marathon writing event known as NaNoWriMo. (Again- not a rare zoo animal, but National Novel Writing Mo...

  5. When is vulgar just too much?

    When is vulgar just too much?

    by Justin C. Key19 comments

    Surprisingly, this post doesn't have any curse words. I'll try harder next time.

    I met with my writing group last night after submitting a particularly...colorful part of my manuscript. I introduced a certain character who embodies all the things I strive not to be. He's rude, he'...

  6. Should You Consider Self-Publishing? Part 5: Marketing

    Should You Consider Self-Publishing? Part 5: Marketing

    by Holly Jennings9 comments

    The final chapter in the self-publishing process: Marketing.

    After a writer has written and self-published a book, she may be surprised that it will not move off of the bookshelf, virtual or otherwise, without marketing the thing.  We often expect things to mag...