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Browsing Archive: January, 2013

Into the Zone: Fitness Challenges for Writers, a guest post by Evelyn Birchall

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Guest Posts 

In late October last year, the youngest ever world champion in swimming and nine-time Olympic gold medalist, Ian Thorp, released his biography, This is Me. The Aussie sensation had shocked the sporting world when, in 2006 (at the age of 24), he turned his back on his much beloved sport at the pinnacle of his career, owing to an identity crisis: “What would I be if I didn't’ have swimming as the safety blanket it had become?” he asked himself. Thorp also struggled with depression, a dise...

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Independent Authors & Blog Tours, A Guest Post by Evelyn Birchall

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Thursday, January 17, 2013, In : Guest Posts 

In the fast moving world of the digital age, blog tours aren’t an especially new idea; The New York Times was reporting one author’s journey back in 2007. They are however becoming increasingly commonplace and important, especially with the recent huge leaps forward in self-publishing and the competitiveness of the marketplace. It is no surprise that this is a tactic commonly used by some of the more established authors, as well as those trying to get their first effort noticed.

How ...

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Wacky Interview With Author, Nephylim

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Sunday, January 13, 2013, In : Author Interviews 


Here we are again, asking the hard-hitting questions other interviewers ignore. In this interview, talented author Nephylim is subjected to a ludicrous but penetrating interrogation. Here are her candid answers:

1. Steve Harris’s right hand?

Definitely not. It’s a… new kind of fish fingers, without the fish. What are you doing, poking about in my freezer, anyway?
(I was following some ill-gained advice.  -K)

2. A vampire, a gargoyle, and a werewolf walk into a bar. . .

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Wacky Interview With Author, @TyrKieran

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, In : Author Interviews 
It seems authors often get asked the same questions from one interview to the next. Not always, but a lot. It was time, I decided, for a new approach. So, this interview is designed to break out of the mold. It’s all in fun, of course. -Karen

Please welcome talented author, Tyr Kieran, to the hot seat of journalistic and interrogatory imprudence.

1. Of all the stories you’ve written, which one does Chuck Norris like the best?

None of them, because Chuck Norris doesn’t like stor...

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Helping Kids Keep Journals, a guest post by Paul Taylor

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, In : Guest Posts 

When it comes to giving kids a love for writing it all starts with making it fun. If you do not make it fun then kids will not want to do anything. The most important part is keeping a positive attitude and making sure the children have a chance to really express themselves. Here are some tips on how to help kids to keep a journal and really enjoy writing it:

1.     Have great topics – The first thing that I have found to encourage children with journal writing is to give them a good i...

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The Three C's of Collaboration* - Coauthors

Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Wednesday, January 2, 2013,

By Wodke Hawkinson

A lot of elements go into a successful co-writing experience. But there are three basic considerations that will apply to almost any type of writing collaboration.


When working with a writing partner, compatibility is very important, not only between writing styles but also in regard to your personalities, your work ethic, your expectations and goals, and your approaches to conflict resolution.

We are fortunate to have been friends long before we became c...

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