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Developing Characters for a Middle Reader Book

We’ll go back to our public speaking questions in a couple of weeks. Today, I want to introduce you to YA author Cheryl Martin and her ability to craft strong characters. As I said before, flat characters leap from the … Continue reading

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Dress for Speaking Success

The other day I was asked to join a couple of author friends at a speaking gig in East Texas. My first concern should have been what to say? But I worried more about what to wear? Call me shallow, … Continue reading

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Setting + Costumes = Stronger Characters

In theater, setting and costumes help the audience visualize the characters. There’s an art to choosing the perfect furniture piece or costume color. People who are good at dressing a show get paid a lot. Writers can use the same … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Build a Speaking Platform

As a speaking/acting coach, writers often ask me, “How do I build a speaking platform?” There’s no magic answer to this question, but here are some things to consider.  Some people speak so they can write books. Others write books so they … Continue reading

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Life of Pi

Loved this book. Can’t wait for the movie. I am so excited to learn that 20th Century Fox is making one of my favorite books, LIFE OF PI into a movie. Yann Martel’s adventure is the tale of a young … Continue reading

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3 Habits of Highly Creative People

Stephen Covey’sTHE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE encouraged readers to set priorities, take the initiative, and to seek win-win relationships. But in his 2004 follow-up book, THE 8th HABIT he says to be successful you must “find your voice and … Continue reading

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Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy!

Since we talk about writing on this blog and ways to improve our craft, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to author Gina Conroy.  Gina used to think she knew where her life was headed; now she’s leaning on the Lord to show … Continue reading

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