Writing Tips from JC

#WriteTipWednesdays Are Back!

I know…it’s been a long time since I posted one of these. I’ve been slacking. Live outside of writing…life as April instead of Jackie Chanel got more crazy and weird than I ever imagined. To make things more challenging, I had to do some serious soul searching for a cool month or two because, as […]

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Should You Hire an Editor That is Also an Author?

Should you hire an editor that is also an author? My answer to that is an emphatic YES. Here’s why. A while ago on Facebook, I stumbled across an author venting about other authors who offer editing services. She was so far in her feelings that I didn’t know how she’d ever managed to get […]

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Editor’s Note: The Devil’s in the Details

We’ve all heard the saying, “the devil is in the details” or some variation of it. I’d like to think that this doesn’t apply to novels because a novel isn’t a house. It’s not an eloquently designed red carpet dress where yes, the devil is in the details. A novel is fluid and needs to […]

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Writing Resources: Television

Let’s face it…writing something new, a story that hasn’t been told before just isn’t going to happen. Not in this day and age. Authors, our job is not to reinvent the wheel. Our job is to entertain, educate, enlighten, and entertain. I know I said it twice but I had to. Entertainment is just that important. […]

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How to Survive NaNoWriMo without losing your sanity (or hair)

For newbies and veterans alike, National Novel Writing Month can be a harrowing experience. I’ve done NaNo four times and the first time, I was so stressed that I accepted my defeat and bowed out gracefully after 10 short days. After having a number of successful books under my bet, I wonder why I get […]

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