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KEMPS Top 5: Fiction Writing

Wondering how to get fanfare for your Fiction? These top five do’s and don’ts will help you inspire obsessive page turning. KEMPS TOP 5: Fiction Writing Top 5 DO’s 1. Do study people. Good books feel realistic and authentic. 2. Do read! The only way to learn to write is …read more →

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KEMPS Top 5: Memoir Writing

If you’ve been struggling to write your story and don’t quite know how to start, here are a few of my KEMPS KWIK go-to  tips that are sure to take your personal story from “ho-hum” to “page-turner”. KEMPS TOP 5: Memoir Writing (Click for Downloadable PDF) Top 5 DO’s 1. …read more →

Kemps Kwik Do's and Don'ts

KEMPS Top 5: Business Plan Starter

If you’ve been struggling to get your business plan together and don’t quite know where to start, here are a few of my KEMPS KWIK go-to, make-it-happen tips that are sure to take your business plan from “hassle” to “DONE”. KEMPS TOP 5: BUSINESS PLAN STARTER (Click for Downloadable PDF) …read more →


Lexiboost: “Doldrums” Snap out of it!

Doldrums (n.): a. A period of stagnation or slump. We all have had the doldrums; those times when our writing isn’t  going our way and we aren’t sure it ever will. Writer’s block can be debilitating but with these tips you can boost your writing spirit again. Read a favorite …read more →

Doubt Kills

Quote of the Day: “Doubt Kills”

Writers are called to do the impossible: to bear their souls and stand naked before the world to endure the ridicule and fickleness of human nature. That’s enough to leave anyone shaking in their boots. We are left to wonder if we are saying the right thing, if anyone will …read more →

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The Mighty Pen: Formatting Foils

Ok, so you are about to pitch your story to five, ten, twenty-five new leads. Easiest thing to do–Copy and Paste! Yes, surely that is the answer. And, I agree it is. You don’t want to waste all of your energies reinventing the wheel. If you have a crisp, clear, …read more →


Lexiboost: “Perspective” What a Difference a Comma Makes

LexiBoost Du Jour: Perspective (n.): 1. a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance The image says it all. Punctuation is perspective. Be mindful that you are saying what you actually mean. You might be giving your power away without realizing it. Commas ( periods, dashes, …read more →

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Lexiboost: “Spoonerism” Horses and Whores

LexiBoost Du Jour: Spoonerism (n.): transposition of initial or other sounds of words, by accident or farce, as in blushing crow for crushing blow. Spelling counts. There is just no getting around it. And while spoonerisms are generally funny and harmless, there are consequences to slips of the tongue (and …read more →

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Bleed for Words

There’s nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein. ~Walter Wellesley “Red” Smith People have often said to me, “I don’t know how you do what you do.” Which usually amazes me because I love what I do. But I am not …read more →


Lexiboost: “Malapropism” Is that the right word?

LexiBoost Du Jour: Malapropism (n.): an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. So I am tempted to write about this, but really the pic speaks for itself… Just remember: Proofreading is not just checking for spelling errors, it’s …read more →