Blog: Make Every Word Count

Make Every Word Count is the blog of Jeri Walker, owner of Word Bank Writing & Editing. Enjoy a new post Monday mornings (excluding major holidays). Topics cover editing, writing, marketing, and publishing tips in addition to lit chat and author interviews.

#AuthorInterview: Loni Townsend

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#AuthorInterview: Loni Townsend

I’ve known of today’s featured Idaho author, Loni Townsend, well before this blog ever came into existence as she once upon a time was a co-worker with my ex. Only once I moved to North Carolina, did I discover her writing efforts. I quickly grew to love her Insecure Writer’s Support Group (#ISWG) posts that appear on the first Wednesday of each month. Now that I live back in Idaho, I still have yet to meet her in person, but I’m sure we will say hello in the flesh one of these days.   Official Bio: Loni...

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#PubTip: How to Write a Mystery Thriller in the Style of Alfred Hitchcock by Tony Lee Moral

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#PubTip: How to Write a Mystery Thriller in the Style of Alfred Hitchcock by Tony Lee Moral

When it comes to publishing tips, not enough can be said when it comes to the importance of knowing the ins and outs of the comparable titles your book will be competing against. Too often, authors don’t put enough thought into this part of the process and then end up bemoaning the struggle to find an agent. Or if self-published, authors end up not connecting with an appropriate audience for their book. It pleases me immensely to bring you this post on how to write a mystery thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. Tony Lee Moral is a...

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#AuthorInterview: Bruce Ballenger

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Next up in my year-long series of interviews with Idaho authors is Bruce Ballenger. It’s safe to say I would have never had the confidence to become an English teacher had I not been exposed to the teaching methods utilized by the writing program at Boise State University. Once upon a time, I also took a class on the history of the personal essay from Professor Ballenger. After years of hedging, I’m finally answering the call to get serious about writing nonfiction.    Official Bio: Bruce Ballenger is the author of seven...

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#WriteTip: The Paradox of Perfectionism in Writing by Glynis Jolly

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#WriteTip: The Paradox of Perfectionism in Writing by Glynis Jolly

Perfectionism in writing is too often a double-edged sword. I’ve followed Glynis Jolly’s blog for a number of years now because I enjoy she digs into exploring her writing process. As an editor, I readily admit my own struggles with perfectionism when it comes to my own creative writing. Over the years, I’ve learned to concede I am never going to write many words a day, but if I do sit down to write every day, those words add up. That’s doesn’t make it any easier though. I’m sure many of you will be able to...

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#AuthorInterview: AK Turner

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#AuthorInterview: AK Turner

My year-long series of interviews with Idaho authors continues this month with New York Times bestselling author AK Turner. I became acquainted with AK when she gave a talk for the Nonfiction Authors Association at Rediscovered Books in downtown Boise. Her personality matches the humorous content of her books, and the covers and titles speak for themselves.    Official Bio: AK Turner is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tales of Imperfection series: This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store, Mommy Had a Little Flask, and Hair...

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#LitChat: Eccentric Writing Habits of Famous Writers (Infographic)

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#LitChat: Eccentric Writing Habits of Famous Writers (Infographic)

The eccentric writing habits of famous writers make me feel a bit more accepting of my own writing quirks. Let’s face it, we all have peculiarities inherent in our respective creative processes. Back when I taught a creative writing class, one of the introductory activities we would do as a class was to create a collaborative diagram of the writing process. Needless to say, the process diagram was a glorious hot mess. At any given moment while I type at my laptop, I am reassured when I look down and see a Bic MatiC grip 0.7 mm #2...

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#BlogTip: An Author Website Checklist

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#BlogTip: An Author Website Checklist

In the search for potential editing clients, I visit a lot of websites. That effort has culminated as an author website checklist. It never ceases to amaze me how many authors don’t provide a way to get in touch, whether via a contact form or an email address. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though. In this day and age, an appealing and user-friendly website is a must. As an author, you might not be a tech guru, but that’s not an excuse for a lackluster website. I am by no means an expert in web design, but the...

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#AuthorInterview: Colleen M. Story

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#AuthorInterview: Colleen M. Story

This interview with Colleen M. Story kicks off a special year-long focus in that every author featured will be from Idaho. This idea came to me when I served as a judge for the Idaho Author Awards and Colleen recognized me from Twitter at the awards ceremony in Boise. I fall more in love with my home state every year, and this series of interviews is one way to bring readers a slice of what makes Idaho great. There’s a lot more to the state than famous potatoes!   Official Bio: Colleen M. Story has worked in the creative writing...

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#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words

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#EditTip: Narrative Distance and Filter Words

If you want your novel to suck less, try cutting out filter words. When it comes to narrative distance and filter words, it’s important for a writer to ask if the achieved effect of such words is on purpose. Filter words tend to slip in unintentionally and weaken writing. All stories have a narrator, and no matter the point of view, this shapes how events are rendered for the reader. A certain awkwardness arises when a character consciously thinks, feels, sees, etc.  This creates varying degrees of distance between the reader and page,...

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#WriteTip: Writing What You Know Versus What You Don’t by Jason Pellegrini

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#WriteTip: Writing What You Know Versus What You Don’t by Jason Pellegrini

The tendency of writing what you know varies from author to author. Imagination makes countless scenarios possible on the fictitious page, but a degree of crafting goes into creative nonfiction as well. At any given point, writers are in varying degrees of shaping reality based on what they know and don’t know. Jason Pellegrini is here today with his first guest post ever to share his thoughts on age-old advice of writing what you know.    Official Bio:  Jason Pellegrini is a Long Island native. He currently resides in Levittown,...

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