Writing the Heart of Your Story: a book review

book cover Writing the Heart of Your Story by CS LakinI rarely do a straight-out book review. In fact, I think this might the first one. I often recommend a book, especially those that have had a tremendous impact on my writing career in some way whether in skills learned or motivationally.

But today, I feel compelled to talk about Writing the Heart of Your Story by C.S. Lakin.

As I read, I’m highlighting paragraph after paragraph. I plan to reference this book again and again as I write my own novels.

Just as important, what I’m reading is impacting me as [Read more…]

5 Lessons I learned from 2016 that can help you in 2017


In many places around the world, the New Year is celebrated by shooting off fireworks. Though I didn’t shoot off fireworks on Jan. 1, 2016, the year has been filled with fireworks.

What do I mean by fireworks? Stepping outside my comfort zone. Here’s what that looked like for me:

  • Taught workshops at 4 writer’s conferences
  • Held my first Facebook live videos
  • Held my first webinar
  • Learned new software for book design
  • Learned and instituted new technology on my website in an effort to better meet my readers needs

Has your year included some fireworks? [Read more…]

Abba’s Promise Book Giveaway – Enter Today

Abba's Promise book coverIt’s launch week for Abba’s Promise, and my excitement has my mind whirling. I hadn’t planned to blog today—it isn’t my usual 1st or 3rd Monday schedule—but I woke up at 1:19 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I decided at the last minute to run a book giveaway.

This book has been more than 2 years in the making. The call for submissions went out in the spring of 2014 with a submission deadline of Nov. 30. The plan was to publish in early 2016, but one thing after another kept getting in the way and the publish date kept getting pushed out.

But God’s timing is perfect, and now [Read more…]

Ask the Editor

harvest pumpkinsLiterary agent Chip MacGregor’s “ask the agent” blog posts are some of my favorites, and he’s inspired me to offer the same to my readers.

I’m dedicating my blog posts for the month of November as

Ask the Editor

Any question you may have about writing or editing put in the comments below or email me, Deb [at] DebraLButterfield.com, and I’ll post answers all next month.

Good luck to all you NaNoWriMo participants. Writing 50,000 words in 30 days is not an easy task, but it’s a fun way to get the first draft of your story written. Here is the NaNoWriMo calendar of events. Check with your local library to see if they are sponsoring any local NaNo events. Or try meetup.com to find potential meets in your area.

Before you leave, be sure to put your questions for the editor in the comments below.

Happy Halloween!

No More Monday Marketing

It’s Monday, and normally you would find information on how to market your stories or on markets accepting submissions.

But my heart is no longer in it. I’m going to pull back on how much I post about marketing—because I’m not an expert, and there are so many others out there whose specialty is marketing who can teach you much better than I can.

I expect I’ll find a big dip in numbers because my market submission posts are by far my most popular. But the same resources I use to find those markets are also available to you–market guide books and Internet searches.

My passion lies in teaching you about how to write a good story and using the tools, such as Scrivener or Word, to get them written. Mondays will now focus of the craft of writing and Tuesday will be technical tips.

By making this change I feel I can better serve you in achieving your dreams of publication.

If you are knowledgeable in marketing and would like to guest post on my blog about that subject, please contact me at Deb [at] DebraLButterfield.com.

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