Tips and Resources

Feel free to copy and use the following character and setting papers I have developed. Let me know how they helped you, or if you have other suggestions.

1. Fictional Character Development Sheet - view and download here.

2. Fictional Setting Development Tools Sheet - view and download here.

Help! I'm Stuck

Brainstorming tips for creating conflict, ramping tension, and defining the goal.
Includes Appendices for Brainstorming techniques and Plots in Literature

How to Write a Great Book Review

BETA Readers - what are they and how to use them

Influencers - how to help out other authors without being a writer

Basic rules of punctuation check

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips:

Here's a great article I recommend you read about editing and editing services 

Are you ready for an editor: See the post on Cherie Burbach's Working Writers and Bloggers 

This article explains using and finding permission for using song lyrics in your work

This article talks about copyright and fair use

Helpful Organizations with resources:

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators:
Association of Independent Authors:
Preditors and Editors:
Publishing Central:
Writers Net:
Writing World:

The Nuts and Bolts of Submission

Find out about submissions, queries, synopses and the little details that make up a standard proposal. The following lessons are from on online workshop:

Nuts and Bolts of Submission: Overview

Writing is like a journey - how to start: Lesson One

Do I have what it takes - sample query letters included: Lesson Two
The parts of a submission package: Lesson Three
Going home: What do you do while you're waiting? Lesson Four

For in-person visits, "SHARING A STORY FROM YOUR LIFE" workshop pieces in progress now available

Geared especially for grandparents or anyone who wants to share a story with a child, we'll learn about what makes a good story and how to pull those stories out and turn them into the best-loved "tell me again, Grandpa" stories your readers will ask for.

The following are copyrighted materials.
From a few of my writing cyber-pals:

A freelance Editor shares her Simple Tools for editing
by Michelle Levigne

This is one of the best checklists I've seen for writers!

Ever wanted to try writing devotionals? Here are tips from Julie Scudder Dearyan, senior editor of Victory in Grace

Your Hero's Spiritual Journey
Tips from Lynn Squire on spiritual characterization from her blog, Faith, Fiction Fun, and Fanciful

******************************************************************************* On Line Resources

  • Using Body Language - -A great resource on how emotions and mental states reveal themselves in body language.
  • - to view facial expressions on a digitally-generated face