Finding Voice

As writers it is important to keep our individual voice or style in our writing. We can’t be like everyone else or the popular writers of each time period in history. We are each unique and that message needs to shine through in our writing. This article is a great reminder of how important that is.

About ten years ago, I started thinking about publishing a book. After writing my way through twenty years of various marketing and development ventures, telling many wonderful stories of others along the way, every now and then I’d start to think I had something to say. My own story to tell.

The problem was, I didn’t know how to say it. I’d spent all those years adapting to the voice of others, setting aside my own ideas, submerging myself in a particular client’s mindset and style in order to honor their voice and tell their story well.

Somewhere along the way I lost my voice. Learn more.

No Accounting For Murder

Most people think accountants are boring. Carly Turnquist is about to prove them wrong. Join Carly, a forensic accountant, as she gets involved with a mystery business that threatens her quiet East Coast town, embezzled money, a missing mayor, and several attempts on her life. Will she live long enough to reveal who the killer is? Learn more. Purchase this book and receive a free reader incentive–the prequel to the series.

Follow the link at: to read the story, Roasted Bean Counters.

Nancy and Kelly

One Couple’s Adoption Story

Today’s featured article is about one couple’s adoption story.

Andy and Sarah Justice wanted nothing more than to have a baby, but after struggling to conceive for years, they decided to look into other options. With IVF costing between $30,000–60,000, the Justices decided to adopt a baby instead and were soon paired with a birth mother. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

A Creative Dad

This is a fun story about a creative dad.

A disabled dad who cannot carry his daughter in the normal way has come up with an ingenious method to lift her up when they are on the move.

Like any 20-month-old toddler, Esther Souza gets a bit tired from walking around – so her dad Manoel Izo lets her climb onto his crutches and ride on them while he walks. Learn more.

Nancy and Kelly

Micro Edits

Today’s featured article reminds writers of the need to edit and edit carefully.

A lot of the writer’s craft time is spent on the macro side of things – does the story follow an arc? Does the character change from beginning to end? Do my scenes have conflict? Move the story forward? Are all of them necessary? But the macro edit is only step one in the editing process.

Next comes the Micro Edit. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

 

Adding Conflict

Adding Conflict is essential to writing a page-turner novel.

Remember when Tommy Lee Jones holds up the empty shackles in The Fugitive and says, “You know, we’re always fascinated when we find leg irons with no legs in ’em”? It makes me think of readers who pick up thrillers and find no thrills in them. Or at least not as many as there could be. I’m not just talking about plot here. It’s possible to have guns and bombs and hit men and terrorists and black helicopters and still not have a novel that grips the reader in the gut. For a healthy, fully functioning thriller, try some literary vitamin C. Dose your book with these five Cs and it will stand strong, chest out, ready to give your reader a run for the money.  Learn more.

The Writer’s Journey

This article is an encouraging one about the writer’s journey.

  1. If you’re doing it right, the writing never gets easier.

I sat down to write my second novel with a naïve optimism. I’ve done this before, I thought, and along the way I’ve learned so much about how fiction works and how I write. Even so, it took five drafts to find the right voice and structure. At first, I was disappointed in myself. (The writer’s first instinct.) After all this time, how could I find myself still so lost? Then I realized I was lost because I was trying something new. It might be easier if I was rehashing the same plots and settings and characters, but I don’t want to do that. All of that stumbling and grappling doesn’t mean my skill-level is stagnant—it means I’m developing even more as a writer.

Learn more.

Sitting and Exercise

For those of us who sit at our desks all day to earn a living or go to school, this article is a timely reminder to make sure we get enough exercise.

As a writer, I’m pretty much glued to my computer most of the time, so when my vacation week finally arrived, I couldn’t have been happier. The idea of leaving behind frantic deadlines and being able to ignore all Kardashian “breaking” news to spend lazy days with my kids sounded like heaven. And it was. Until I put on my swimsuit. That’s when I realized the scary truth. I have Office Bod–hunched over posture, a flat behind, paunchy midsection, and thigh spread. That’s what happens when you spend hours at your desk. It’s not ideal. Learn more.

No Accounting For Murder

Leeann Betts first fiction novel is now available. This is exciting news.

Most people think accountants are boring. Carly Turnquist is about to prove them wrong. Join Carly, a forensic accountant, as she gets involved with a mystery business that threatens her quiet East Coast town, embezzled money, a missing mayor, and several attempts on her life. Will she live long enough to reveal who the killer is? Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy