Monday, March 24, 2014

Kelli's Quill Newsletter - BIG March Issue

Kelli’s Quill
Happy Spring Issue
March 2014

Hi everyone!

Happy Spring! This month in the Quill, I’m giving readers a sneak peek at my new historical romance, Dangerous Indenture, sharing news about my latest horror story, and offering up a few fun writing tips.

Let’s get started!

My second historical romance with Medallion Press, Dangerous Indenture comes out in May! Read more about it here:

Get Wrapped in White!

Kelli’s Latest Horror Story
Kelli’s ghost story, “Thursday Night Bingo” (originally titled “The Ghost in the Green Dress”) appears in Sekhmet Press’s Wrapped in White horror anthology. This collection of thirteen tales of spectres, ghosts, and spirits is being released on March 25. Learn more about the book and order your copy here:

Kelli’s Been Guest Blogging!
Find out where writers really get their ideas:

Learn How to Overcome Writer’s Block:

Missed the February issue of Kelli’s Quill? Read it here:

More Writing Tips
Here are three more bits of advice….

Take Writing Classes: Writing classes are an excellent way to learn the mechanics of writing, understand storytelling techniques, and explore different genres. However, they’re not for people who “think about wanting to write” but never do. Homework and class participation are required. In most cases, the instructor gives you an assignment (write a short story or an opening chapter of a novel) and has you share it with the class. (This may sound easy, but over the years I saw dozens of people drop out of writing classes because they actually had to write!)

Writing classes help you overcome a fear or shyness about sharing your work with others and allow readers give you feedback (and critiques) on what you’ve written. Connections you make with other writers can also continue once class has ended – you may form a writing group or get together to critique each other’s stories. If there are no “in person” writing classes available in your area, consider taking online classes or attending workshops at writing conferences.

Avoid “Bad” Words: Make a list of words you find yourself repeating (or over-using) in your writing. If you belong to a writing group or have a critique partner, ask them to identify words you over-use. They may be more obvious to an outside reader. After you’ve finished a story, do a search for each word and either delete it (if it’s not needed) or change it to a different word.

What’s Where?: Keep a list of when and where you submit your writing. Note the title of the piece (or query subject), date, and publication. This way, you’ll know what’s where and how long ago you sent it. This is handy in case you need to follow up on a wayward query or submission. I also make a list of places to submit to next, (just in case of rejection!) so I’ll know where the story is headed.

I hope you enjoyed this issue of Kelli's Quill.

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Until next time!


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