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  • Blog Tours & Why Blogger Reviewers Are the Best Ever

    Blog Tours & Why Blogger Reviewers Are the Best Ever
    This entry is part of 4 in the series Blog Tours

    “Wait, how many people reviewed your book on that blog tour?” A fellow author stared at me—stunned. “Forty. I think. Maybe thirty-nine. Something like that.” I think I got a few blinks. A curious look as if to see if I might be teasing—or lying. I offered to show him the blogroll. People ask me […]

    Chautona Havig

    Chautona lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she strives to use story to connect readers to the Master Storyteller.

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  • 3 Quick, Easy Ways to Cut the Fluff from Your Novel

    3 Quick Easy Ways To Cut The Fluff From Your Novel

     Let’s dive right in, because, after all, this is quick and easy, right? 1. Create a “Kill List.” The book is done. The editor has done her job. She’s killed my duplicate words, found the missing ones, and even added in those commas I missed. Everything is polished, the formatting complete. It’s kill time. […]

    Chautona Havig

    Chautona lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she strives to use story to connect readers to the Master Storyteller.

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  • How I Discovered a New Writer’s Syndrome & How to Overcome It

    How I Discovered a New Writers' Syndrome & How to Overcome It

    Some might say that my quest to discover the meaning behind this little recurring problem that I have was merely a procrastination device used to avoid work. I say that said device is proof that I needed to research. And, I have disturbing news for writers. I’ve discovered a syndrome that I suspect we all […]

    Chautona Havig

    Chautona lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she strives to use story to connect readers to the Master Storyteller.

  • Mechanics
  • The Best & Worst Reasons for Using Scrivener for Blogging

    The spiel went something like this. With exaggerated hand gestures that mimicked a rather hand-eloquent jester, my friend told me about this fabulous new program I just had to have. “It’s perfect for you!” When my skepticism refused to stay hidden as bidden, she raved a bit more. “Look, it does everything that Word does […]

    Chautona Havig

    Chautona lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she strives to use story to connect readers to the Master Storyteller.

  • Mechanics
  • 3 Quick & Easy Ways to Spot Telling in Your Novel

    Telling

    John was hungry, and the thirty-minute pizza place had now crossed the forty-five-minute mark. Not having eaten since the granola bar he scarfed down that morning between his apartment door and the bus stop three blocks away, his stomach was shrinking with each passing second. So, when the doorbell rang, John ran for it and […]

    Chautona Havig

    Chautona lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert where she strives to use story to connect readers to the Master Storyteller.