Monday, January 26, 2009

Developing a Crisis - by Lynn Tincher

Dennis G. Jerz descibes the differences between a crisis and conflict as this:

Summary: Good storytellers differentiate between a crisis (an emergency, such as a car crash or an illness) and conflict (a clash of wills, a difficult moral choice, or an internal mental struggle). Beginning authors often focus on the exciting crisis rather than the conflict that makes readers care about the characters enduring the crisis.

A crisis can be a small part of the over all conflict. Adding a small crisis or two within your story can help define your characters and how they react to the crisis. These will lead to the moral dilemmas or the clashes of wills described above. Everyone loves to see their characters overcome each crisis and you can control what they will endure and what the outcome will be.

The crisis can define your characters persona. They are that which develops personalities and strengths or weaknesses. Design your crisis carefully. They can help show what is happening instead of just telling.

Check out Mr. Jerz website above. There is a lot of good information that will help you in your story.

Copyright 2009 Lynn Tincher

Monday, January 19, 2009

Play Writing

I've never written a play longer than one scene, although I've helped produce several and performed in many. I majored in Drama in college so I've seen my fair share of them. My husband is a playwright and the screenplay for my first book is in the works. To sit down and write a play seems as foreign to me as speaking French or Italian.

While doing research for this article, it hit me. I've heard the roar of applause while on stage for a performance or for the production of one. I would love to hear it for one that I had written. It's not easy to take a great play and turn it into a great performance but to actually write the great play has to be a major accomplishment that I hope to one day experience.

How do I get started? What is the format? Here is a quick list from of what a play should include.

Title Page
Cast Page
Musical Numbers Page (musicals only)
Act/Scene Heading
At Rise Description
Character Name
Stage Directions

The first act is the Protasis, or exposition.
The second act is the Epitasis, or complication.
The final act is the Catastrophe, or resolution.

Do your research. Find software that can help you. I encourage all authors to take a swing at this. This is a great way to stretch your imagination. Try something new. You may just find your niche.

Listed below are a couple of websites that will help. Most importantly, have fun!

Copyright 2009 Lynn Tincher

Monday, January 12, 2009

Keeping a Positive Attitude - Lynn Tincher

You've heard me preach this before and you already know this to be true, but getting published is a very hard thing to accomplish. Anyone that has submitted a query letter to agents and publishers knows that the rejection letters will pour in. How do you keep a positive attitude through it all?

Being prepared can help. Knowing you will receive rejections will help you cope with them they roll in. Agents and publishers are very busy people. Don't take their rejections personally. Most of the time, they reject authors just because they don't have time to read their material. If any of you have seen their offices have probably seen the mounds of material begging for attention. I had several agents actually take to time to help me and offer advice. By keeping a positive attitude about it, I listened to their advice, plugged along, and learned as I went.

Believing in you is the key to survival in this world. You know how good your story is. You know how long you've worked on it. You've packaged it up with a great big read bow! Believe in it and believe in you. You did it. How many people have started their first novel and never finished it? I was one of those for a long time so I was really proud of what I had done when I finally finished it. You've poured your heart and soul into something you believe in. Others will believe in it too. You will find the right place and time to show it to the world.

You will run into others that are negative energies and will bring you down. If they offer good advice, take it, but don't let their negativity seep through to you. I know how hard it is to not let that happen. When it does, don't dwell on them. Seek out the good things. Reinforce what you've accomplished with yourself. It is some people's lot in life to be negative and it really has nothing to do with you anyway.

Find websites or subscribe to newsletters to help you keep up a positive attitude in your life as well. It's amazing how a holistic view of positive things in every aspect of your life can help you reach any of your goals. Good luck and let me know how it's going!

Most importantly, hang in there. Be positive. Don't ever give up.

Copyright 2009 Lynn Tincher

Keeping a Positive Attitude - Laura Griffith

In any book you pick up on publishing your writing; you'll get countless bits of advice on how to handle various situations. One of the situations that will inevitably befall any writer is rejection. It hits you hard, especially the first time. It's difficult enough to pour your heart and soul into any piece of writing - and the time you put in is precious - and draining. So much so that when it's done, you might even have tears in your eyes to have completed your "masterpiece". At that point, it's your baby. And after numerous revisions and drafts, you're ready to send it out for the world to see. You might even have dreams of how your writing is going to change the world and how you'll make it on the New York Times Best Seller list. All of those dreams and fantasies start to fade with the first rejection letter you get - and all the ones that follow. Or, worst yet is the frustration with the complete lack of response from an agent (or a number of agents) who you queried with your brilliant idea. And as month after month - or year after year - ticks by, you start to wonder if writing is worthwhile and if your dreams will ever come true.

Stop right there. One of the best things I ever read about writing is: if you write because you love it and you write because your passion for it keeps you writing - you are a writer. Do not let yourself believe for a second that because an agent or a publisher has not discovered you yet that you are not a writer. And when you are discovered, chances are that someone will tell you that that masterpiece you wrote is not perfect. They will want changes and revisions - some of which you may or may not agree with. Take everything in stride, and if there is something you feel strongly about - make the argument. But remember that a piece of writing is like a work of art or a piece of music. It takes tuning and practice.

So, while you're waiting for that agent to respond or that publisher to finish with their revisions, start your next masterpiece. After all, you are a writer, and writing regularly is what will keep your passion for it alive despite the rejections. And, just like any art, there will be rejections. The first song a songwriter writes and the first painting a painter paints - most likely will sit in a drawer unshared and unsold - until they are discovered. The same is true for writing. And the best way to keep a positive attitude about it is to remember why you wanted to write to begin with. Use your dreams and goals to motivate you, but don't let the fulfillment of those goals define you as a writer. You are a writer because you write.

Copyright 2009 Laura Griffith

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

SPAN Connection Feature

Hey guys! I had a small feature in the December edition of the Small Publishers of North America's newsletter. Bottom right hand side!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Getting Ideas by Laura Griffith

Last year I attended the Midwest Literary Festival in Aurora, Illinois which consisted of book sales, presentations, and seminars for various types of writers. (Very highly recommended, by the way) One of the seminars I attended was on where and how writers come up with ideas for stories – an interesting topic but not a problem that I have faced as I writer. The writers who were on the panel actually shared my feelings on the subject. They (and I) believe that finding a story to write is rarely the problem – the issue becomes planning it out and getting the complete story down on paper (or computer).

I have heard before that there are only a few unique stories out there that are just retold over and over in different ways. I disagree. There are unique stories everywhere we look – the news, history, and in everyday life. Inspiration for a story can come from so many places. That is why it is important for you, as a writer, to carry around a journal or PDA to take notes or jot down ideas at all times. Then, when a story idea materializes – at work, watching TV, or sitting on a bus – write it down. Even if you are currently working on a project, you can file away these ideas for when you are ready to start something new. Or, if you are struggling with an idea or scene you are working on, it is helpful to take up the hobby of people-watching. Sit in a coffee shop or a park and watch the people around you. Make up a story about a situation you see and write it down. It may be silly, and you may never use it or show a soul. But it is a great story-telling exercise because each individual we talk to or pass on the street has a unique story. It’s just a matter of how to tell it.

Copyright 2008 Laura Griffith

Characterization - Get Real! by L. Diane Wolfe

Characterization: Get Real!

If the plot is the backbone of the story, then the characters are the heart. Creating believable characters that your readers will identify with is crucial to a good story. Your characters must have depth, personality and the ability to evoke an emotional response from your reader.

Before you can formulate a riveting story, an interesting character must be devised. Many writers envision the setting first and the people inhabiting that world second. This often results in shallow characters. Developing a character in depth, complete with flaws, will give you a basis for your narrative. It is easier to build a plot around an individual than force that character into unrealistic situations.

Two factors will determine your character – their background and their personality type. Both are equally important and require some thought. Humans all share similar feelings and needs, but how they respond to those depends on their upbringing and their basic, fundamental personality. You need to be aware of these factors when writing your story.

Backgrounds are as varied as humans themselves. Race, culture, religion, and economic status all contribute to one’s development as a person. A person’s moral compass is easily affected by their upbringing, and you need to keep this in mind when creating your characters. A person raised by a loving family on a farm and someone raised on the streets of New York will not react the same! Flesh out your character with a family history, interests, and experiences.

Become familiar with the four basic personality types – choleric, sanguine, melancholy and phlegmatic. They will also determine how your character reacts in any given situation. (“Personality Plus” by Florence Littauer is an excellent book for researching these personality traits.) A bold, first-born choleric would likely take charge in a situation, while an introverted phlegmatic would step aside. You need to be aware of these personality traits in your character or you will find them responding in a dubious fashion.

Avoid the temptation to create a perfect character! People are flawed creatures and the more imperfections and internal conflicts your character possesses, the more intriguing your story. Give them weaknesses, impulses and unresolved issues. Negative aspects of your character might improve and eventually vanish, but this needs to be developed slowly during the course of your narrative. Life altering moments happen for us all, but a sudden change for no apparent reason will be looked upon as a mere plot contrivance.

Characters will always be the drive and focal point of any story. By putting a great deal of thought into your main characters, you will form interesting, relatable people. Once you have established this foundation, you can begin creating an intriguing tale!

- Author & speaker, L. Diane Wolfe,

Copyright 2008 L. Diane Wolfe

Successful Interview or Bust by L. Diane Wolfe

Successful Interview or Bust!

Interviews are a necessary component of an author’s success. We are interviewed for newspapers, magazines, blogs, podcasts, radio, and even live TV! Our success in this area can affect book sales and the opportunity to acquire more interviews. So, what does it take to increase the odds of a good interview?

Few of us have innate oratory talents. However, we still need to effectively communicate our message during an interview. Public speaking courses and organizations such as Toastmasters can improve our ability to properly convey ideas and concepts. A media specialist or trainer can also prepare an author for interviews. Poor grammar and mannerisms need to be eliminated long before making a public appearance. Halted speech, slow responses, and neurotic gestures will unnerve listeners and viewers, not to mention the host! We must be smooth, polished and professional before stepping into the limelight.

To acquire interviews, we need to master our pitch. The media seeks those who can solve the problems of their audience. A good story idea or ‘hook’ is essential. It basically comes down to solving the audience’s problems based on the knowledge gained from writing our book. However, just one story idea will not fit the requirements of every media outlet. We need to understand what each reporter or producer seeks. This information gives us an edge over those who send formula pitches to everyone in the media. Providing actual interview questions will make the reporter’s job much easier, too.

When contacted for a possible interview, we’ve got to be prepared! Keep a calendar and press kit handy for easy reference, and return all phone calls as soon as possible. Some reporters will simply visit our website, so all pertinent information must be in our pressroom. If asked to do a radio or TV interview, we’ve got to be flexible with our schedule. If we sound sharp, organized, and energetic, we stand a better chance of booking the interview.

Once we’ve set a date, a few key details must be taken care of before the interview. Make sure the interviewer has all the important information, facts, and any images or web addresses necessary. Review the interviewer’s personal and professional data. For in-person interviews, dress professional and sharp but not flashy. Remember that TV interviews will require the attachment of a microphone on our person. Be sure to bring a book or other required materials to the interview. Most important – show up on time! Nothing kills the opportunity for future interviews like arriving late or not at all.

During the interview, direct all comments and answers toward the host unless instructed otherwise. (A giant TV camera does not appear so daunting then!) Act as if it’s just a conversation between friends. The station or interviewer is on a schedule, so keep answers short and to the point. The purpose of the interview is to inform the audience, so refrain from excessive self-promotion. Phrases such as “Well, you’ll just have to read the book!” should be avoided completely as well. If the question is tough or cannot be directly answered, take a deep breath before replying. Most people in the media are friendly and simply trying to do their job, but try to avoid a confrontation with a feisty interviewer if at all possible. Winning the argument only means we lose out on future interviews!

Remember to thank the interviewer and send a thank you card as well. So many people forget this basic courtesy! Coupled with a good interview, a personalized thank you encourages the interviewer to consider us for future interviews.

In the world of promotions, interviews and features are vital. Make the most of every opportunity!

- Author & professional speaker, L. Diane Wolfe,

Copyright 2008 L Diane Wolfe

Tracking Fans by L. Diane Wolfe

The Gathering & Tracking of Fans
by L. Diane Wolfe

The most important resource for any author is a database of readers. Those who have enjoyed our previous work should be our number one target audience for the next book. This group can also be the deciding factor as to the subject matter. There are a variety of ways to gather and track fans, and we should employ as many methods as possible.

We all begin our author career with a list of addresses and emails of family and friends. Hopefully this includes a network of business contacts as well. Those who purchase our first book should form the base of our reader list, and those who did not will form the potential reader list. We need to keep alphabetized databases of the mailing addresses and create contact groups for the emails. Always include as many details as possible, such as when and where they purchased a book. As the list grows, we'll be hard pressed to remember these facts otherwise.

Appearances are ideal for meeting and creating new fans. Never miss an opportunity to connect with these people after the event has ended! Utilize a sign up sheet or a guest book and collect email addresses. Encourage those interested to sign the form and make sure they realize announcements or a newsletter will be sent to them. Feature a contest with a drawing for a free book. This is a viable way to collect information above and beyond email addresses. Since we want to keep readers and potential readers separate, try to monitor which ones purchase books.

A great way to gather information is through our website. After all, the Internet never sleeps! Employing a retrieval device can be as simple as adding a comment box. Encourage fans to supply feedback on the books or make requests for future titles. Readers should also have the option of signing up for our newsletter online. This provides us with the opportunity to connect with our fans on a regular basis. Since we won't always know if these people have purchased a book or not, we might place them into a third group of probable readers.

Our books can also be used to harvest reader data. In addition to listing our website in our books, we can include our email address or a P.O. Box to promote feedback. We might even want to consider a response form or an order form. This encourages fans to contact us, thus providing a means of connecting with them. We might even discover some interesting suggestions and ideas coming our direction as well.

The Internet provides numerous other resources for tracking our fans. Our online involvement greatly influences our chances to locate and connect with readers. We will gain many new fans through such exposure.

Every author should be involved in at least one community site. Which one will depend in large on where our fans congregate. By setting up a page on a community site, we give readers another way to connect and bond with us. These sites are much more personable than our main web page, thus making us more approachable. We can send out news and announcements faster and more often. Our involvement in forums and online discussions provide unique opportunities as well.

Every genre of book has websites devoted to its fan base. We can access these sites in several ways - adding our titles to their database; offering our services as a guest blogger; proposing an interview session; even sacrificing a book as a contest prize or giveaway. Our fans will be pleased to find us on these sites and it will undoubtedly lead to many new fans. Since many of these sites encourage feedback and reviews, we'll discover what readers really think of our books.

This leads us to the final aspect - tracking what our fans say and do! The easiest way to do this is to set up daily "Google Alerts" and receive notification whenever someone posts or comments about us or our books. We need to see these comments, both good and bad, and locate their origins. Our website statistics can also tell us from where traffic stems. This will tell us how often fans are visiting our site and what prompts them to do so.

We don't need to be a bloodhound to track readers, but we do need to possess a little ingenuity. If we begin gathering information from the beginning, we'll be better prepared for the future. And if we make it easy for fans to find us, then it will be simpler for us to locate them!

- Author and professional speaker, L. Diane Wolfe

Copyright 2008 - L. Diane Wolfe

Writing Non-Fiction

Writing Non-Fiction by Lynn Tincher

Growing up, when I thought of non-fiction writing, I thought of text books. As I started writing and taking classes I found there are several other non-fiction avenues for any writer to write. More than I thought of for a category like this.

Writers can write articles on sports, interviews, criticisms, reviews, creative fiction and blogs. All of these are considered non-fiction.

Most writers feel that writing non-fiction is easier. The quote "Write what you know" comes to mind. It is easier to write about things that you are familiar with. Don't get stuck in this rut. Branch out. Write about things you would like to learn about. Write an article about a place you would love to visit or a restaurant you would love to try. Try writing a book review for the latest and greatest book you've just finished. Do your research and find new ideas or information and put the pen to paper; or fingers to keyboard and go for it. The research is only a part of the fun.

Here are a few links to help you develop your non-fiction writing:

Copyright 2009 Lynn Tincher

Friday, January 2, 2009

Helpful Websites for Writers

Helpful Writing and Publishing Links

I am a huge fan of Piers Anthony. I've been reading his books for more than half my life. He has a website where he does research on publishing companies to help new or established authors in their endeavors to get published. I found his research to be very helpful and honest. He is also a very nice man in that he gave me permission to add this link to his website. He updates it every two months. Check it out! ~Lynn~

Piers Anthony's Research -

My first piece of advice...BE PERSISTANT. This is an extremely tough venue to get into. It's hard to get publisher's attention. Especially if you do not have an agent. It's just as tough to get an agent's attention as well. Don't give up. Toughen up your skin. I've received hundreds of rejection letters from agents. The good news is, I have had attention as well. I've been fortunate enough to receive help and advice from several agents. If you get one or two agents willing to look at more of what you write, consider yourself extremely lucky.

Market, market, market!

Develop a network of other authors and friends. Join writers groups. The more people who know who you are the better.

As your release date creeps closer, send out emails to everyone you know. Word of mouth is a very strong tool. Have your friends help you spread the word.

Develop sell sheets for bookstores. Print flyers and business cards for your project and deliver them to Libraries and Bookstores for them to drop in shopping bags at the checkout.

Make your press release "to die for".

Research on how to develop all of the above. There are a lot of great resources available through the web.

I have been fortunate enough to not have had major issues with writer's block. Occasionally, however, I do need a jump start or I've run out of ideas. I have found that if I get out of the house, I can find inspiration. I sometimes walk through department stores and watch people. I can pick up on personality traits, slang, or bits of conversation that may spark something in me. I keep my handy dandy little notebook with me to jot these down. Then when I get back to writing, I have things to help spur me along.

In trying to get the sequel started for Afterthoughts, I've hit a wall on a couple of things so I started a little research. I found a couple of articles that I found to be helpful so I decided to share them with you.'s_block (I know this is a Wikipedia article but it has a lot of great information and other links.)

With all that I've had going on the last couple of weeks, I have been having trouble finding time to write. I am working on the sequel to Afterthoughts as well as starting on a couple of new ideas. I thought I would throw out a couple of ideas on ways to make time.

I carry around a small notebook in my purse. If you don't carry a purse, find a notebook small enough to keep in your pocket or invested in a small hand held device. I use these to jot down ideas and work on different chapters. It's amazing sometimes how much you can get done in a couple of minutes if you have the resources available to take advantage of it.
I did run across a couple of articles that I found to be very helpful and have listed them below. They both offer really great suggestions in "making time".
Time and the Writer by Moira Allen -
Finding Time To Write When You Have No Time To Write! by Karen Fenech -

Be Open to Experiences

Be Open to Experiences
by Lynn Tincher

What makes us who we are? Our experiences do. What shapes the characters we develop? The experiences we have with ourselves and others do.

Keep yourself open to experience new things. Remember how incredible the hamburger was that your loved one made for you. How did you feel when you stood in the middle of a forest during the peak autumn season? How did you react to the news story you saw about the murders in your neighborhood? Write it all down. Journalize your experiences. You can develop characters, situations and scenes by delving into what has happened to you. Read blogs and comments to news stories and see other's experiences and reactions. Write those down along with how their reactions made you feel.

Put yourselves out there. Try new things. Read different types of books and listen to music you wouldn't normally listen to. Eat at a variety of restaurants from the dive on the corner to treating yourself to a very nice, upscale place. Take a day trip to a new town or plan a vacation to an unfamiliar place. The important thing is to absorb all the details you can from these experiences. Not only will they help you grow as an individual, but you will have a wealth of information to draw from when you write.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Market Market Market

• Develop a network of other authors and friends. Join writers groups. The more people who know who you are the better.
• As your release date creeps closer, send out emails to everyone you know. Word of mouth is a very strong tool. Have your friends help you spread the word.
• Develop sell sheets for bookstores. Print flyers and business cards for your project and deliver them to Libraries and Bookstores for them to drop in shopping bags at the checkout.
• Make your press release "to die for".
• Research on how to develop all of the above. There are a lot of great resources available through the web.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Writers Block

I have been fortunate enough to not have had major issues with writer's block. Occasionally, however, I do need a jump start or I've run out of ideas. I have found that if I get out of the house, I can find inspiration. I sometimes walk through department stores and watch people. I can pick up on personality traits, slang, or bits of conversation that may spark something in me. I keep my handy dandy little notebook with me to jot these down. Then when I get back to writing, I have things to help spur me along.

In trying to get the sequel started for Afterthoughts, I've hit a wall on a couple of things so I started a little research. I found a couple of articles that I found to be helpful so I decided to share them with you.'s_block (I know this is a Wikipedia article but it has a lot of great information and other links.)

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher


In my efforts this week, I learned the importance of proofreading your own work. This is a most difficult task. As a writer, I know what I am trying to say. When I re-read something, I read it as I intended it to be and that may not be what is actually written. Here are a couple of tips:

Walk away - Let your writing get cold, even if it is only for 10 minutes or 10 days. This will give you a chance to look at it with fresh eyes.

Read out loud - You may thing this sounds crazy but it really works. Reading out loud makes you say every word you've written. You also have the benefit of listening to it. This will help with awkward sentences or language use.

Pick it apart - Double check your information. Make sure names, numbers, punctuation, and grammar structures are correct.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Writing a Query Letter

Ok, so now you are finished writing your book. What do you do with it? Of course, you'd like to publish it. You need to start trying to land a publisher. Most publishers will not let you directly solicit your materials to them. You have to find an agent to market your story for you. How do you land an agent? You can't just pick one out of a phone book and hire them. Agents are swamped with writers wanting to be published, so how do you get their attention and convince them that they want to sell your work to a publisher? You send them a query letter.

A query letter is generally a one page letter that tells the agent about you and you work. Remember, you are selling yourself and your story. You need to start by "hooking" them. Develop a fantastic hook line to draw their attention. Once you have them, deliver your sales pitch. Tell the agent all about your story from start to finish in one paragraph. The next paragraph should deliver your credentials and tell the agent about you. Be sure to list your accomplishments, prior publications, articles about you, etc. Finally in closing, thank them for their time and invite them to contact you.

Be sure you research your possible agents. Many of them have different submission guidelines. Some of them will not take unsolicited queries while some expect the first few chapters to be included with the letter. Make sure you know what your agents require before you query them and I wish you the best of luck. This is a tough business and you will most likely be rejected over and over again. Stick to it. There's one out there for you

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Creative Writing

Wikipedia describes creative writing as "...considered to be any writing, fiction or nonfiction, that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, and technical forms of literature. Works which fall into this category include most novels and epics, as well as many short stories and poems."

How do you go about expanding your creative writing capabilities no matter what you are trying to write?

Check out this book for help:
Book: The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook ISBN 0-415-31785-1

Another good way of opening your creative channels is to read. Read different books than what you are writing. Study the different styles of writing. This will open up within you and help you write by broadening you understanding.

Write as often as possible. Pull out your journal and make entries daily or write poetry. Poetry is an excellent way to get different thoughts down on paper that you may not be able to otherwise.

Also, take creative writing classes. Don't be afraid to learn new things and implement them in your writing. You never know what directions you may go.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher


Networking is vital to your success as an author. I read an article on Online Networking for Author-Entrepreneurs, Part 1: Long-Distance Relationships for the Lifecycle of Your Book, by Scott Allen,, that quotes John Kremer, a book marketing expert. Mr. Kermer said, "Book marketing is all about relationships. And you'd better get good at doing them long-distance, because you're never going to meet most of the people face-to-face."

Utilize the Internet. There are plenty of opportunities out there to market your book and networking is just one way. Join all the social networks you can (Facebook, Author Nation, Ning, Yahoo, Axis Avenue just to name a few). Not only will you meet interesting authors, publishers, agents and readers, you can get advice and information from these sites to help you in your writing and publishing endeavors.

Join both online and local writing groups. is a great way to join a local group. I've joined a couple of groups this way and plan on starting one of my own very soon. Check with local libraries and bookstores for other local opportunities.

There are many social networks that you can sign up for free. Sign up for as many of these as you can manage. Most of them will be searched by the major search engines. You can put as much or as little as you want about yourself on these networks.

Create a MySpace page for yourself and your books. Seek out other authors, publishers, and friends this way. Make sure to invite others as your friend and many will add you as theirs as well.

The earlier the better. It can only help to network well in advance of your release date. This will help you build friendships and help to get your name out there. I have learned a lot from the friends I've networked with. Others' experiences are very helpful.

There are so many opportunities out there at your finger tips. Get started building lasting relationships and most importantly, have fun with it.

Check out these networks to get you started:

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

The Importance of Journaling

Journaling is an important part of anyone's life, not just the writer. Besides providing an emotional outlet, it can also be a repository for ideas, phrases, or anything a writer may want to make note of.

Use your journal when writer's block sets in. You can look back and different parts of your life or any notes that you have taken and use those as a basis for a scene or dialog.

The journal can also be a tool for self-evaluation or can help you with self-improvement both in your personal life and as a writer. Make notes on things you learn each day and review them often. Watch you learn and grow.

You can keep your journal in a notebook or online. There are several online journaling websites like where you can make your journal public or keep it just for your eyes only. It's up to you. Just remember to keep in informative and helpful. You never know, you may turn it into your life story!

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Writing a Sell Sheet

What is a sell sheet? It's like a flyer announcing your book. It is similar to a press release but is oriented to selling your book to potential buyers.

The sell sheet needs to be one page in length and contain all of the important elements regarding your book. (Publisher contact information, ISBN#'s, etc.)

It also needs to contain Author information, a plot summary and any other noteworthy information that you feel will help buyers decide to buy.

Target your market. Gear each sell sheet a little differently whether you are selling to a bookstore, library, or a reader's group.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Time Management

One of the biggest challenges I am facing right now is time management. I have so many things going on that it's hard to find time to do them all. (This is not a complaint. I'm enjoying it all.)

In doing research for this article, I have found some great advice that I will need to follow myself so that I can get all of the things done that I would like to.

The most important thing to do is to make time to manage your time. Stick to it.

One thing I am doing is making a commitment to myself to get these things done. By doing this, I am able to set a schedule with allotted time to each task. I then can prioritize them by what is the most urgent or would take the most or least amount of time to complete. Then I can tick them off my list as they are completed. This will help me make sure I get them done as well as see what I've accomplished.

Investing in a great pocket calendar, iPhone or Blackberry are great ways to help keep everything straight. The task feature in Microsoft Outlook is another great tool to learn and use. You can track progress if it is a task that has several steps or will take a while to complete.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Finding Inspiration

Finding inspiration for writing can be the easiest thing to do. It can also be the most difficult. What do you do when you are struggling? Where can ideas come from?

Try to find inspiration in every day things. Keep you pencil handy. Write down how you felt when you heard good or bad news. What did you think about when that wonderful aroma emanated from your favorite restaurant, or from the smell of the man's cologne as he passed by you in the hall? Small things can trigger great responses and ideas for a story line. Even if it is just the missing details that you need to set a scene.

Watch people. Learn from their reactions to conversation or circumstances. Imagine what they are going through in their lives at that particular moment. You may be able to find some interesting dialog to use later.

Read blogs, message boards, discussion groups, books, ezines, and the news. Stay current with topics and phrases. This will help you learn what others are interested in.

There are many ways to find inspiration. You have to be open to finding it and have some means of recording it when it happens.

Good luck and happy writing!

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Getting Ideas by Laura Griffith

Getting Ideas
by Laura Griffith

Last year I attended the Midwest Literary Festival in Aurora, Illinois which consisted of book sales, presentations, and seminars for various types of writers. (Very highly recommended, by the way) One of the seminars I attended was on where and how writers come up with ideas for stories - an interesting topic but not a problem that I have faced as I writer. The writers who were on the panel actually shared my feelings on the subject. They (and I) believe that finding a story to write is rarely the problem - the issue becomes planning it out and getting the complete story down on paper (or computer).

I have heard before that there are only a few unique stories out there that are just retold over and over in different ways. I disagree. There are unique stories everywhere we look - the news, history, and in everyday life. Inspiration for a story can come from so many places. That is why it is important for you, as a writer, to carry around a journal or PDA to take notes or jot down ideas at all times. Then, when a story idea materializes - at work, watching TV, or sitting on a bus - write it down. Even if you are currently working on a project, you can file away these ideas for when you are ready to start something new. Or, if you are struggling with an idea or scene you are working on, it is helpful to take up the hobby of people-watching. Sit in a coffee shop or a park and watch the people around you. Make up a story about a situation you see and write it down. It may be silly, and you may never use it or show a soul. But it is a great story-telling exercise because each individual we talk to or pass on the street has a unique story. It's just a matter of how to tell it.

Copyright 2008 Laura Griffith

Finding an Artist

Finding an artist can be a tough thing to do. The first step is understanding what you want the artist to do for you. Do you need illustrations for chapters in your book, cover art, video or photos of locations you are writing about?

In a lot of cases, your publisher will take care of this for you. Some of them will use material you want to include and let you have some creative control. Others want this information from you. In some cases, you can design your own. There are several websites that offer help in book cover design with the use of templates.

Once you have an idea of what you are looking for and the type of art you need, you can use Google or you favorite search engine to begin your search. Compile a list of names and then research each name. Compare their pricing along with their contracts to find the best fit for you.

Join online communities. Ask other authors who they used and what their experiences were with each one. Word of mouth is sometimes the best resource.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Character Development

Developing you characters can be a challenge. You can begin by creating a list that revolves around the character's race, religion, and location. Research the things that each of these characteristics require.

If you are developing a character that you want to be unlikable, think about all the features that are in people you dislike. Do they smoke and that bothers or you do they constantly check their Blackberries? Maybe they chew with their mouths open. Keep a running list of the annoying things and throw them in where it fits in your story.

Keep your ears open to conversation around you. If the character you are trying to develop has a sense of humor, listen to conversations that make people laugh. Don't quote them verbatim, but use the quotes as guides in your writing.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Finding a Publisher

Getting published is a tough, tough business. I need to say it again, it's tough.

If you want to go the route of hiring an Agent, this can be very helpful. They can help you have your material read and considered by publishers. Some publishers are reluctant to hear from writers without them having agents. But agents take up to 15% in commissions. Legitimate agents will not ask for any money up front. Beware of those that do.

Find the latest edition of Writer's Market. It is published every year. You can also view it online. It is full of information on current publishers and the types of materials they are looking for.

Read Publishers Lunch. This is another great way to find which publishers are looking for material and who to contact with them for submissions. Their website is

Visit It is expensive but I believe you can find the information in a library as well.

You can also go to the bookstore and read the covers of other books in your genre. The will list the publishers and agents as well. You can also search online bookstores such as Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The websites also list the publishers.

Do you research on the publishers as well. Do not rely on search engines solely. Some of the publishers fill the web with promises. Be careful. Some of them are only out to publish your material and offer you little help beyond that.

The most important thing is to not give up. Expect to be rejected over and over again before you find the right fit for you. I was talking with a fellow author recently. It took her nine years to find a publisher. Now that she has, her work is being sold all over the world and she has been fortunate enough to have several more published.

Keep and it and never give up.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher


We all know how important it is to Copyright our material, but do we know exactly what a Copyright is or how to go about getting one? There are many different types of copyrights and it can be quite confusing as to which one you need.

This is from the website that explains what a copyright is.

What Is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following: To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords; To prepare derivative works based upon the work; To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending; To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works; To display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and In the case of sound recordings*, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

In addition, certain authors of works of visual art have the rights of attribution and integrity as described in section 106A of the 1976 Copyright Act. For further information, request Circular 40, Copyright Registration for Works of the Visual Arts.

It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright. These rights, however, are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107 through 121 of the 1976 Copyright Act establish limitations on these rights. In some cases, these limitations are specified exemptions from copyright liability. One major limitation is the doctrine of "fair use," which is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act. In other instances, the limitation takes the form of a "compulsory license" under which certain limited uses of copyrighted works are permitted upon payment of specified royalties and compliance with statutory conditions. For further information about the limitations of any of these rights, consult the copyright law or write to the Copyright Office.

*Note: Sound recordings are defined in the law as "works that result from the fixation of a series of musical, spoken, or other sounds, but not including the sounds accompanying a motion picture or other audiovisual work." Common examples include recordings of music, drama, or lectures. A sound recording is not the same as a phonorecord. A phonorecord is the physical object in which works of authorship are embodied. The word "phonorecord" includes cassette tapes, CDs, LPs, 45 r.p.m. disks, as well as other formats.

There are fees associated with obtaining a copyright and forms to be filled out and submitted with a copy of the works. You can obtain a copyright at a cheaper fee of you apply for it online through their website.

Visit for all the forms and instructions. They also have an FAQ section and plenty of information to find out what type of copyright you need.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Writing a Press Release

A press release is a mini news story that is submitted to the news media to announce your book being published.

The headline should be short and to the point. This should include the "announcement" that you are trying to make. Do not capitalize every work of the headline.

The press release body copy should be written exactly how you would like it to appear in the story. This should be written in third person. It should be started with the date and the city from which the story originated from. The first paragraph should be a two to three sentence synopsis of what the press release is about. Make it interesting and newsworthy. Make sure to use the who, what, when, where, why and how.

The entire press release should between one and two pages. You may also include a copy of your book and a general synopsis of it. An FAQ about you and the book can be included to help the media decide whether or not to interview you or give them a list of questions to be asked.

Don't forget to include your contact information.

Here are a couple of websites that will help you develop your press releases.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Google Yourself

Google Yourself
by Lynn Tincher

Yes, I know. Telling you to Google yourself sounds funny. It is a very important task to add to your schedule for many reasons.

First, you will find what others are saying about you. You may turn up in an article or blog that you had no idea you were going to be a part of.

Once you have a book published, artwork available, etc., you can use the search engines to see where these items are turning up for sale. I was surprised to see my book being viewed in Australia for example.

You can also protect yourself. I recently had a friend tell me about her poetry ending up on someone's site. The user had not credited her at all in their publishing of her work. She was able to get that taken care of and was happy with the results. There are a few vultures out that that will pick you clean and this is .just one way to help you monitor what is going on.

Here are a few sites to search for your information:

There are plenty of others.

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

Internet Research - by Laura Griffith

Internet Research

by Laura Griffith

They call this day and age the Information Age. It's a time when any piece of information you might need seems to be available at the tip of your finger - or, more accurately, at the click of a mouse. Most of us can now barely remember a time when information couldn't be brought into our homes and onto our computers through the amazing technology of the Internet. That was a time when we had to go to the library and remember what we had learned about using the (gasp) card catalogs. Now, through the wonders of search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Ask, we can save hours of navigating the endless library aisles for that one book they have in on Jesse James. We simply type in his name and - voila - hundreds of websites for our viewing pleasure on the subject. No waiting in line to check out, no books out of stock, and no having to bundle up on a cold winter's day to return the book two weeks later. Seems too good to be true, doesn't it? In some ways it is a writer's salvation - and in some ways it can be our demise.

Using information on the Internet is fantastically convenient, but the danger in using it is making sure that the information you are using is reliable. One of a writer's greatest gifts is the ability to research - it's what makes our stories believable. And doing your research prevents those nasty emails from dedicated readers and critics who pick apart your book for flaws. The problem with using the Internet is that there are a lot unreliable sources out there. So, it is just as important to do research on the site you get the information from as doing the research on the story subject itself. Make sure that the site you are using is well-known for accurate information, or has been cited as accurate from a reliable source. If you are using a well-known site - like a news source, medical source, or technical source - make sure that the website is the official site of the source you are looking for. A lot of inaccuracies can come from typing in the web address incorrectly or using an incorrect extension (.com instead of .org for instance). I find it helpful to keep a list of reliable sources I have found over the years, so I am comfortable going back to those sources in the future.

One particular source that writers should be weary of is wiki's. A wiki is a source in which people can log into and type information on a subject. This is a well-known internet tool and is very good for getting ideas on where to start research on a subject. However, the information on these types of websites should not be taken at face value. It needs to be double and triple-checked for accuracy before using in a story. One person's opinion or possibly flawed research might be the difference between a believable story and one that a critic shakes his head at as far-fetched. In short, the best advice to be given on any type of internet research is this: research your research. It may take some extra time, but in the end - it will make all the difference in making your readers accept the tale you have woven for them.

Copyright 2008 - Laura Griffith

Avoiding Common Grammar Mistakes

All writers are faced with grammar mistakes. I'm very thankful for my editors!

As a writer, my main goal is to get a story to paper (or computer) without having to worry about grammar or spelling. I use a grammar checker and spell checker when I have finished a selection or chapter. However, these programs do not catch everything. It's a good idea to be aware of the most common mistakes.

According to the Houghton Mifflin Textbook, these are the top ten most common grammar mistakes:

Error #1: Lack of Subject/Verb Agreement
Error #2: Past Tense Error
Error #3: Past Participle Error
Error #4: Run-on Sentence or Comma Splice
Error #5: Sentence Fragment
Error #6: Pronoun Error
Error #7: Apostrophe Error
Error #8: Comma Error
Error #9: Illogical Verb Tense Shift
Error #10: Misplaced or Confusing Modifier

Copyright 2008 Lynn Tincher

How to be a Good Interviewee

How to be a Good Interviewee

by Lynn Tincher

Now that you have your book, artwork, etc. in the limelight, how do you handle the press that comes along with it? What will make you a good interviewee so that you can land even more press?

Email interviews are the easiest. Most of the time, a list of questions will be emailed to you and you will have a certain amount of time to answer the questions. First read through the questions, think about them. Make you sure take to time to read each part of the question and answer them honestly and completely as possible. Then go back and re-read the questions and your responses to make sure that nothing is missed and that you have said everything that you want to say.

For radio and TV, talk to the hosts to find out what types of questions that may be asked of you. Make a list of your answers to have on hand for radio and memorized for your TV interviews.

Know your audience. Make sure your responses are age appropriate or audience specific.

In TV interviews, be mindful of your appearance and mannerisms. Practice interviewing in front of the mirror or with someone you trust.

These are just a few tips to help you on your way to success.

Also, check out these great web sites for more information:

Copyright 2008 - Lynn Tincher

Writing a Thriller

The Anatomy of a Thriller

by Lynn Tincher

What makes a good thriller? The answer to that is as varied as the types of readers that read them.

How I answer that question is to make a list of the things I look for in a Thriller or Mystery novel. I make a check list and then when the story is complete, I go back and make sure the elements are there.

Here are a couple of great web sites and a fantastic article written by none other than Ian Flemming.

Tips on Writing a Thriller

Writing the Action Scene

By Ian Fleming

People often ask me, "How do you manage to think of that? What an extraordinary (or sometimes extraordinarily dirty) mind you must have." I certainly have got vivid powers of imagination, but I don't think there is anything very odd about that.

We are all fed fairy stories and adventure stories and ghost stories for the first 20 years of our lives, and the only difference between me and perhaps you is that my imagination earns me money. But, to revert to my first book, Casino Royale, there are strong incidents in the book which are all based on fact. I extracted them from my wartime memories of the Naval Intelligence Division of the Admiralty, dolled them up, attached a hero, a villain and a heroine, and there was the book.

The first was the attempt on Bond's life outside the Hotel Splendide. SMERSH had given two Bulgarian assassins box camera cases to hang over their shoulders. One was of red leather and the other one blue. SMERSH told the Bulgarians that the red one con-tained a bomb and the blue one a powerful smoke screen, under cover of which they could escape.

One was to throw the red bomb and the other was then to press the button on the blue case. But the Bulgars mistrusted the plan and decided to press the button on the blue case and envelop themselves in the smoke screen before throwing the bomb. In fact, the blue case also contained a bomb powerful enough to blow both the Bulgars to fragments and remove all evidence which might point to SMERSH.

Farfetched, you might say. In fact, this was the method used in the Russian attempt on Von Papen's life in Ankara in the middle of the war. On that occasion the assassins were also Bulgarians and they were blown to nothing while Von Papen and his wife, walking from their house to the embassy; were only bruised by the blast.

So you see the line between fact and fantasy is a very narrow one. I think I could trace most of the central incidents in my books to some real happenings.

We thus come to the final and supreme hurdle in the writing of a thriller. You must know thrilling things before you can write about them. Imagination alone isn't enough, but stories you hear from friends or read in the papers can be built up by a fertile imagination and a certain amount of research and documentation into incidents that will also ring true in fiction.

Having assimilated all this encouraging advice, your heart will nevertheless quail at the physical effort involved in writing even a thriller. I warmly sympathise with you. I too, am lazy My heart sinks when I contemplate the two or three hundred virgin sheets of foolscap I have to besmirch with more or less well chosen words in order to produce a 60,000 word book.

One of the essentials is to create a vacuum in my life which can only be satisfactorily filled by some form of creative work - whether it be writing, painting, sculpting, composing or just building a boat - I was about to get married - a prospect which filled me with terror and mental fidget. To give my hands something to do, and as an antibody to my qualms about the marriage state after 43 years as a bachelor, I decided one day to damned well sit down and write a book.

The therapy was successful. And while I still do a certain amount of writing in the midst of my London Life, it is on my annual visits to Jamaica that all my books have been written.

But, failing a hideaway such as I possess, I can recommend hotel bedrooms as far removed from your usual "life" as possible. Your anonymity in these drab surroundings and your lack of friends and distractions will create a vacuum which should force you into a writing mood and, if your pocket is shallow, into a mood which will also make you write fast and with application. I do it all on the
typewriter, using six fingers. The act of typing is far less exhausting than the act of writing, and you end up with a more or less clean manuscript The next essential is to keep strictly to a routine.

I write for about three hours in the morning - from about 9:30 till 12:30and I do another hour's work between six and seven in the evening. At the end of this I reward myself by numbering the pages and putting them away in a spring-back folder. The whole of this four hours of daily work is devoted to writing narrative.

I never correct anything and I never go back to what I have written, except to the foot of the last page to see where I have got to. If you once look back, you are lost. How could you have written this drivel? How could you have used "terrible" six times on one page? And so forth. If you interrupt the writing of fast narrative with too much introspection and self-criticism, you will be lucky if you write 500
words a day and you will be disgusted with them into the bargain. By following my formula, you write 2,000 words a day and you aren't disgusted with them until the book is finished, which will be in about six weeks.

I don't even pause from writing to choose the right word or to verify spelling or a fact. All this can be done when your book is finished.

When my book is completed I spend about a week going through it and correcting the most glaring errors and rewriting passages. I then have it properly typed with chapter headings and all the rest of the trimmings. I then go through it again, have the worst pages retyped and send it off to my publisher.

They are a sharp-eyed bunch at Jonathan Cape and, apart from commenting on the book as a whole, they make detailed suggestions which I either embody or discard. Then the final typescript goes to the printer and in due course the galley or page proofs are there and you can go over them with a fresh eye. Then the book is published and you start getting letters from people saying that Vent Vert is made by Balmain and not by Dior, that the Orient Express has vacuum and not hydraulic brakes, and that you have mousseline sauce and not Bearnaise with asparagus.

Such mistakes are really nobody's fault except the author's, and they make him blush furiously when he sees them in print. But the majority of the public does not mind them or, worse, does not even notice them, and it is a dig at the author's vanity to realise how quickly the reader's eye skips across the words which it has taken him so many months to try to arrange in the right sequence.

But what, after all these labours, are the rewards of writing and, in my case, of writing thrillers?

First of all, they are financial. You don't make a great deal of money from royalties and translation rights and so forth and, unless you are very industrious and successful, you could only just about live on these profits, but if you sell the serial rights and the film rights, you do very well. Above all, being a successful writer is a good life. You don't have to work at it all the time and you carry your office around in your head. And you are far more aware of the world around you.

Writing makes you more alive to your surroundings and, since the main ingredient of living, though you might not think so to look at most human beings, is to be alive, this is quite a worthwhile by-product of writing.
Copyright 2008 - Lynn Tincher

Finding an Editor

Finding an Editor

by Lynn Tincher

It is vitally important to have your work edited, especially if you are a self published author. The biggest mistake a writing can make is believing that they can edit their own material.

Even the best editors sometimes lets things slip through. While they may be excellent at editing, they may not be the best proof readers. It is always a good idea to have other proof readers look at your material. I had several. What once person may accidentally let pass, another reader will catch.

Do your research. Find out from other authors which editors they've used. Many publishers have their own editors that they use but it is still a good idea to have an independent source.

Read other author's blogs on the subject and research any editors you many be interested in. Don't be afraid to ask them for references if need be.

Here's a couple of sites with some helpful information to get you started.

Copyright 2008 - Lynn Tincher

Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene
by Lynn Tincher

In doing research regarding setting the scene in writing,
I found some inspiration to write. One mistake writers
make is leaving the scene too much to the reader's imagination.
The story can become more engaging to the reader if the
scene is set properly.

Being an avid reader, I depend on the scene's to take me
away to lands and situations unknown to me. I love being
able to step into someone else's life for a while. Setting the
scene is critical for me to be able to experience those things.

One way to set the scene is to include the weather. Even
when we are not thinking about it, the weather has an almost
constant effect on us and so it should our characters. If the
weather is cold and rainy, it would help the character feel sad.

Consider the location. If your characters are in the middle of the
desert, make sure they are unbearable hot. Likewise, if they are
in Alaska, bury them in the snow.

How do your characters move? If Pirate Pete has a peg leg,
have him limp across the floor with a loud clank with every other step.

Consider adding drawings or photography to your writing to help
visually set the scene. This is particularly helpful if you are writing

How do your characters feel in certain situations? Describe the
feeling as well as their appropriate reactions.

Do you remember your creative writing days when you were
given a location, some props, a character or a word then told
to GO? Try using that technique to help develop the scene.
You will be amazed at the results. This will sometimes help with
writers block as well.

I've found a few great website articles to share with you. Do your
research to find others. There's plenty of inspiration to be found.
Happy writing!

Copyright 2008 - Lynn Tincher

Tracking Fans

Tracking your fans can be an easy task if you follow a few simple rules.

Always take a sign up sheet with you to all of your appearances. This will give your readers a chance to sign up to hear from you. Collect as much personal information as you can, especially email addresses. Email is the fastest and easiest way to connect with your readers and keep them informed.

Add a sign up link on your website and anyplace you have electronic information. This way, the information can be sent directly to a database for collection.

Use iFanz, Constant Contact or other email database companies to help you collect and maintain your mailing lists as well as the emails you send to your readers. Constant Contact, for example, is the program I use. I can send emails to different groups of readers depending on the type of information I need to have sent. Plus this is a great way to store your information remotely instead of using your own computer. This will lesson the risk of losing your information.

Do your research and find out the method that works best for you and good luck!

Copyright 2008 - Lynn Tincher

Creating a Space to Write

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Delete Discussion While speaking at the Casey County Library, someone in the audience asked me if I had a routine that I go through before I write. My answer to her was a simple "no". Then when I sat down to write this article, it hit me that in some small ways I do. My life is a bit hectic. I have to have every task for the home complete before I can sit down and relax enough to write. I have two computer monitors that I use and I make sure that what I'm writing is on the right monitor while email and research is on the left one. I also have to have my comfies on. I've read where some writers have their notes on the left, an ash tray on the right, and their favorite beverage at hand. I'm not that structured in my writing habits. Although, if I can create some habits, it may be beneficial.

Comfort is a big factor for me. I recently bought a new office chair. I'm so glad I did. Now I'm not shifting around on the pillow or towel that I was using to add extra padding to the seat. Now, I can concentrate more without the sore bum distraction.

I have also created an area of the house where I have my office with a bathroom just out of reach. I have actually thought of buying a small refrigerator to put next to the desk as well. Sometimes writing on location is a great inspiration. I've taken two vacations dedicated to writing with amazing results.

Some writers like to write at their favorite coffee shops. I haven't tried that yet. However, I can see the benefits. While writing, you can have someone bring you drinks and food as needed plus the crowd will help provide inspiration. Their conversations could help spur along writers block.

The important thing is to find what works for you. Once you do that, you can create a creative writing atmosphere.

Copyright 2008 - Lynn Tincher

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The Literary Lynnch Pen is a weekly newsletter published by Lynn Tincher. About Lynn: Lynn was born in the small town of La Grange, Kentucky and grew up in Goshen. Lynn studied Theater Arts in College in hopes of becoming a Drama/English teacher. She has written articles in local newspapers and travel brochures. Now, she is focused on writing novels, short stories and poems. The second edition of her book "Afterthoughts" will be released in April of 2009 with the sequel "Left in the Dark" to be released on October of 2009. She also manages Artist Corner, an artist social website dedicated to help all artists become successful. Her eZine and website provides helpful tips and information. Lynn also provides email list management services. She has partnered with Constant Contact to help provide authors, artists, and small businesses the services to manage their email lists and marketing strategies, eZines, electronic newsletters, coupons and bulletins. Please visit: