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5 Ways Storytelling Can Improve Healthcare

5 Ways Storytelling Can Improve Healthcare

By Esther Choy, Author of Let the Story Do the Work (published by AMACOM), is now available on major online retail platforms such as Amazon. Humans have a long tradition of literature exploring health. After all, if you own and operate a human body, you’re involved in healthcare. Whether it’s dealing with our own health issues or those of […]

October 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Three’s a Crowd – Writing an Effective Multiple Point of View Novel

Three’s a Crowd – Writing an Effective Multiple Point of View Novel

Since reading my very first Jodi Picoult novel, I have loved books written in multiple points of view. Everyone has a different opinion of the world and the people in it.  Everyone has a different past that has led them to those opinions. And everyone believes they are right about the world from their own […]

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Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part 2: Sex Sells (Sometimes)

Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part 2: Sex Sells (Sometimes)

Part two of our Sex in Women’s Fiction series: Read Part One HERE Before we went out on submission with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Traveling the World, my agent, Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, asked me to make a few revisions. The goal was to make the book stronger and more saleable to readers and publishers alike. […]

October 6, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Arduous Search for An Agent

The Arduous Search for An Agent

First thing to remember, it doesn’t start with sending out query letters. It starts before that. You finally finish your manuscript, then you re-write it, and you edit it, and you craft it probably more than once. But even before that, if you’re writing a novel or memoir as I have, you have also spent […]

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
In Defense of Unlikeable Characters- Five Tips to Keep Readers Engaged

In Defense of Unlikeable Characters- Five Tips to Keep Readers Engaged

It’s a well-known writing tip- your main character should be likeable. Readers enjoy being able to identify with a character, to cheer her on toward her goal. This can be hard to do when they’re unlikable. It’s good advice. However, I keep doing the opposite- I write complicated, messy, often seriously flawed characters. Books like […]

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Are Two Heads Better Than One?

Writing is a solitary and very personal process. Alone at our writing desks, we struggle with word count and plot, accompanied only by our self-doubt and bull-headed determination. No wonder the prospect of sharing some of that isolation with another writer is so appealing, and yet collaboration is a relatively rare, and slightly mythical form. […]

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Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part One: Writing Sex

Sex In Women’s Fiction, Part One: Writing Sex

Part one of a three part series about Sex In Women’s Fiction I write stories about women – stories that chronicle the wonderful, harrowing, funny, mess, fabulous, and occasionally sordid details of their lives. And, inevitably, there comes a time in every manuscript when my main character decides that she’s going to have sex. Before […]

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
How Writing Stories Made Me A Better Corporate Leader

How Writing Stories Made Me A Better Corporate Leader

HOW WRITING STORIES MADE ME A BETTER CORPORATE LEADER When business influencers talk about the top five qualities of a good leader, emotional intelligence (EQ) will be on almost everyone’s list. I think EQ is important, don’t get me wrong, but storytelling is a vital skill that hardly anyone mentions. The one thing I learned […]

September 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
My First Writers’ Workshop

My First Writers’ Workshop

Frankly, I was scared to go. School was decades behind me and I had a successful career as a magazine editor. Why put myself out there with a work of fiction I’d been fussing over for years? On the other hand, I had been fussing over that story for years on my own with no […]

September 26, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
What Happens When An Unreliable Character Pops Into Your Head?

What Happens When An Unreliable Character Pops Into Your Head?

The short answer: you write his story. Here’s what happened to me. Last summer I was working on the first book in what would be a women’s fiction series at the request of my agent. You see, with the exception of one of my previous novels, my books were considered women’s fiction, even though some […]

September 25, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More