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Cheryl Reif

Cheryl lives and writes with her inspirational family, two energetic dogs, and a small mammal menagerie, all of which are fairly tame. She writes about cool science stuff for children and adults, daydreams about stories and characters 87% of the time, and tries not to plot novels while driving. You can also find Cheryl on Twitter @CherylRWrites, Pinterest., and Google. Come say hi!

Idea Logging Strategies

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Last week, I wrote about the transformative power of keeping an idea log. Well, this week, I think it’s worth talking about point #4 on my “How to Keep an Idea Log” list: namely, KEEP IT CONVENIENT.

I know, it sounds obvious, but do you know how many writers I know who have ten untouched …

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The Myth of Simple

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I read recently that the brain tends to see everything as far more simple than it actually is.* It was remarkably refreshing to read that this is a problem common to humanity, since it’s one I struggle with all the time.

Take writing, for instance. I get an idea for a new book project, and …

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Ten Reasons You Should Attend a Writing Conference

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Just in case you’re still wondering whether a writer’s conference is worth your time and money, here are some of the benefits you’ll gain from your conference experience.

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Inspiration. Building a writing career might be easy to begin, but some days it’s a bear to …

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How to Pitch Your Book, from Linda Rohrbaugh

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At this year’s Pikes Peak Writers Conference, writer and speaker Linda Rohrbaugh gave a fantastic presentation on how to pitch your book. With her permission, I am sharing here her three step formula for crafting a great book pitch—which she created after years of listening to how best-selling authors pitch their books.

I’ll give …

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Ten Keys to Your Best-Ever Writing Conference!

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Last week, I blogged about some of the reasons writers should attend writing conferences…and then I headed out to my own conference experience with the Pikes Peak Writers, in Colorado Springs Colorado. It was fantastic! Fantastic for all the reasons I mentioned in my earlier post, and for half a dozen others as well.

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