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Elaine Retty

With experience as an English literature teacher and freelance writer, Elaine brings her knack for revision to the editorial team. She started at the University of Central Florida in 2005, and she holds degrees in English Literature and Language Arts Education with an additional minor in writing. As a parenting blogger, she enjoys writing about her adventures with her toddler daughter and husband as they take advantage of living where the rest of the world vacations.

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Set the Scene for Writing Success: 5 Ways to Change Up Your Routine

Filed in Writing Tips by on May 25, 2016 1 Comment
Set the Scene for Writing Success: 5 Ways to Change Up Your Routine

Most writers have a routine they like to follow, and bless your heart if you suggest changing it. Maybe you like to curl up on the couch with a notepad and pencil, or perhaps you have worn your imprint into the best seat at a coffee shop (you know the one: right next to an […]

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5 Apps & Websites That Bestselling Authors Can’t Live Without

Filed in Writing Tips by on May 6, 2016 8 Comments
5 Apps & Websites That Bestselling Authors Can’t Live Without

Do you need help finding that perfect word, simplifying your sentences, or discovering inspiration? There is a website or desktop app to help, and they aren’t just for those tech-savvy friends who are always glued to their e-readers.Website and app developers have built some wonderfully helpful resources for you to be a better, faster, cleaner […]

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The Best Writing Tool You Aren’t Using

Filed in Author Inspirations, Marketing Your Book by on March 18, 2016 8 Comments
The Best Writing Tool You Aren’t Using

Everyone knows about a certain digital pinboard, known as the procrastinator’s best friend, the party planner’s go-to inspiration, and the foodie’s favorite recipe archive. But, as a writer, have you ever thought about how you can use Pinterest to develop your scene descriptions, hone your style, and actually see your characters take shape? Here are just […]

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Great Beginnings: How You Should Start Your Next Novel

Filed in Writing Tips by on March 7, 2016 0 Comments
Great Beginnings: How You Should Start Your Next Novel

By your side is a ratty notebook, bruised black and blue with the smeared ink of furiously scribbled ideas that came to you at midnight, dotted with translucence from the epiphany you had about your villain, while still wet from a shower.  You’ve finally decided to write the story that has been stirring around in your […]

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Top 5 Books to Read for Black History Month

Filed in Editor's Picks by on February 8, 2016 0 Comments
Top 5 Books to Read for Black History Month

I have very distinct memories of Black History Month in the primary grades: reading about Martin Luther King Jr., watching movies about Jackie Robinson, and painting a lot of clasped hands in different shades of paint. Now I know that, as a writer, the most significant way for me to celebrate this month is to […]

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