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Coffee & Conversation | Panelist Protocol
Coffee & Conversation | Panelist Protocol
Welcome to Coffee & Conversation My guest is Mandy Eve-Barnett, and today we are talking about Panelist Protocol. Mandy's newest article, Panelist Protocol, appears in the current February 2023 Opal Writers Magazine. Visit the website at www.opalwritersmagazine.ca for more information.
13:54
January 31, 2023
THE WRITER’S HOME OFFICE: KEEPING RECORDS AND MAKING LISTS
THE WRITER’S HOME OFFICE: KEEPING RECORDS AND MAKING LISTS
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2020/12/30/the-writers-home-office-keeping-records-and-making-lists/
03:27
January 03, 2023
Coffee & Conversation with an Author: Naomi P. Lane
Coffee & Conversation with an Author: Naomi P. Lane
Today I am pleased to be here with Naomi Lane. Naomi is a local Vancouver Island author living here in Nanaimo. I am so pleased to introduce you to her today and to have her as my December featured Author of the Month in the Opal Writers Magazine. She is the author of the book, Letters From My Dead Sister. Naomi P Lane is a local Nanaimo, BC author and is my December featured Author of the Month in the Opal Writers Magazine. Naomi tells me about her newest book that reveals her relationship with her deceased sister who had bipolar disorder, through letters that she found.  Subscribe to the magazine: https://opalpublishing.ca/subscriptions/ Visit the Opal Publishing website: www.opalpublishing.ca  Music Intro by: Astrometrics, Fire on the Mountain  #books #authors #writingcommunity #bipolardisorder
14:58
December 08, 2022
Do You Want to Write a Cozy Mystery?
Do You Want to Write a Cozy Mystery?
BY SHEILA S HUDSON Opal Writers Magazine | JULY 2022 You can see the links to her recommended websites in the blog post below: This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/do-you-want-to-write-a-cozy-mystery/
04:19
November 14, 2022
Dead on the Page
Dead on the Page
Fiction - by LINDA WHITE Opal Writers Magazine |  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2020/10/16/dead-on-the-page/
05:58
November 13, 2022
8 Tips for Submitting to Writing Contests
8 Tips for Submitting to Writing Contests
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/8-tips-for-submitting-to-writing-contests/ By Mandy Eve-Barnett Opal Writers Magazine | AUGUST 2022
03:33
November 13, 2022
Return to In-Person Writing Events
Return to In-Person Writing Events
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/return-to-in-person-writing-events/ By Susan Calder, Author Opal Writers Magazine | AUGUST 2022
03:31
November 12, 2022
How the Seasons Affect Our Writing
How the Seasons Affect Our Writing
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/how-the-seasons-affect-our-writing/ by MANDY EVE-BARNETT Opal Writers Magazine | October 2022
04:44
November 12, 2022
Coffee & Conversation with Jennifer Anne Gordon (Author)
Coffee & Conversation with Jennifer Anne Gordon (Author)
Today I am pleased to be here with Jennifer Gordon. Jennifer is an award-winning, Horror/Suspense author. Her book, Pretty/Ugly won the Helicon Award for Best Horror for 2022. She is my Author of the Month for November 2022.
13:50
October 25, 2022
Mother And Daughter: Writing The Story of Our Reconciliation
Mother And Daughter: Writing The Story of Our Reconciliation
By Sharon Leder Opal Writers Magazine September 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/mother-and-daughter-writing-the-story-of-our-reconciliation/
05:46
October 20, 2022
The Unbearable Light-ness of SHADOW
The Unbearable Light-ness of SHADOW
By Boris Glikman Opal Writers Magazine October 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/the-unbearable-light-ness-of-shadow/
02:08
October 18, 2022
September Song for a Butterfly
September Song for a Butterfly
By Cappy Hall Rearick Opal Writers Magazine September 2022 www.opalpublishing.ca This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/september-song-for-a-butterfly/
04:30
October 15, 2022
Attending an In-Person Writing Convention in Today’s World
Attending an In-Person Writing Convention in Today’s World
By Susan Calder Opal Writers Magazine October 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/attending-an-in-person-writing-convention-in-todays-world/
03:34
October 13, 2022
WHY Your Book Needs a Logline
WHY Your Book Needs a Logline
By Allison Gorner Opal Writers Magazine www.opalpublishing.ca This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2021/03/01/why-your-book-needs-a-logline/
03:09
October 13, 2022
BEGIN at the Beginning
BEGIN at the Beginning
By Sheila Hudson, Author Opal Writers Magazine October 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/begin-at-the-beginning/
02:51
October 11, 2022
PLANNING a Memorable Book Launch
PLANNING a Memorable Book Launch
By Susan Calder Susan is a published mystery writer who lives in Calgary, Alberta. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/how-to-plan-a-memorable-book-launch/
03:36
October 11, 2022
Coffee and Conversation with Susan Calder | Boucheron World Mystery Convention
Coffee and Conversation with Susan Calder | Boucheron World Mystery Convention
My guest is mystery author Susan Calder. Today we are talking about her recent trip to the Boucheron World Mystery Convention in Minneapolis. Music Intro: Astrometrics (Fire in the Mountains) https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Astrometrics/
24:14
October 07, 2022
Coffee and Conversation with Susan Calder - Episode 2
Coffee and Conversation with Susan Calder - Episode 2
Calgary author, Susan Calder is with me today to chat about her recent in-person writers event at the Boucheron World Mystery Convention in Minneapolis. You can read Susan's articles in the Opal Writers Magazines. www.opalpublishing.ca Music intro: Astrometrics (Fire in the Mountains) https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Astrometrics/
24:30
September 13, 2022
Coffee & Conversation with Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Author)
Coffee & Conversation with Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Author)
Today I am chatting with Lorna Schultz Nicholson author of GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE! THE JOEY MOSS STORY.  For more information and the links to purchase/order her book, go to the Opal Writers Magazine online at www.opalpublishing.ca  #GoodmorningsunshineJoeyMoss  #JoeyMoss #books #LornaSchultzNicholson #opalmagazines #opalwritersmagazine #authorscommunity Music intro: Astrometrics (Fire in the Mountains) https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Astrometrics/
16:48
August 02, 2022
Too Many Choices Equals PROCRASTINATION
Too Many Choices Equals PROCRASTINATION
Too Many Choices Equals PROCRASTINATION. It’s good to have choices but often I have so many choices for my writing that I cannot pick one. -Liz Betz Opal Writers Magazine | JULY 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/too-many-choices-equals-procrastination/
02:02
July 12, 2022
Six Tips for Taming the Story Flood
Six Tips for Taming the Story Flood
What happens when there are too many story ideas bombarding our brains? It can be just as debilitating as staring at that blankness. -Mandy Eve-Barnett Opal Writers Magazine | JULY 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/six-tips-for-taming-the-story-flood/
03:59
July 12, 2022
The me-Phone
The me-Phone
One day a new type of phone that you could use to call yourself appeared on the market. All one had to do was dial a certain number and one would be connected straight away with oneself. The quality of the reception was so good that the voice on the other end of the line sounded as if it was coming from the very same room. -Boris Glikman Image credit: Michael Cheval This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/03/18/the-me-phone/
04:40
July 09, 2022
Coffee & Conversation with Anne Scottlin
Coffee & Conversation with Anne Scottlin
Today I am pleased to be here with Anne Scottlin.  Anne, is an award-winning writer, podcaster and founder of The Power of Joy Institute, and the author the beautiful 286-page book, Live for Joy!  Anne also appeared as a Featured Heart-centered business in the Opal Rising Magazine March issue.   To claim Anne's free gift: www.annescottlin.com/joyjournal   Visit Anne's website: www.annescottlin.com
12:56
July 06, 2022
Journaling For Writers
Journaling For Writers
With already not enough time to get in all the writing needed to work on story outlines, meet book deadlines for editors, publishers, and others, why should writers add journaling to their writing schedule? - Barbori Garnet Opal Writers Magazine | July 2022 www.opalpublishing.ca This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/journaling-for-writers/
02:08
July 06, 2022
Coffee & Conversation with BARBORI GARNET
Coffee & Conversation with BARBORI GARNET
Today I am pleased to introduce Barbori Garnet. Barbori is a writer and she is the author of Home at the Office: Working Remotely as a Way of Life, artist, musician, and gardener based in Alberta. She enjoys writing non-fiction and writes about working remotely, the home office, gardening, and more. Barbori writes for the Opal Writers Magazine, and has been a consistent columnist for 4 years. She began with writing articles about Writers Retreats and now has a column on The Home Office. Opal Writers Magazine | JULY 2022 Visit Barbori at: http://barborigarnet.com
11:24
July 05, 2022
Marketing Steps
Marketing Steps
I’m not marketing – I’m generating mail for myself. That makes it so much easier than pressuring myself to advance my writing career. By Liz Betz Opal Writers Magazine | JUNE 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/marketing-steps-as-written-by-my-inside-voice/
01:14
July 04, 2022
Writing Midrash for the Book of Ruth
Writing Midrash for the Book of Ruth
My husband Milton and I will lead a Midrash writing group based on The Book of Ruth, the Hebrew Bible’s shortest book, actually a short story. In ancient times, rabbis wrote elaborations on biblical lines as if they were writing prompts. Midrashim, from the Hebrew root “daras” meaning “expound, ”are imaginative extensions of biblical texts that fill in whatever the author senses can be added to extract deeper meanings. -SHARON LEDER Opal Writers Magazine | May 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/2022/05/19/writing-midrash-for-the-book-of-ruth/
06:26
July 04, 2022
TRAIN INTO THE VALLEY OF MADNESS E:8
TRAIN INTO THE VALLEY OF MADNESS E:8
By Donald H Roberts Trevor Morris ran. He had no idea where he was going. All he cared about was Anna. They had boarded the train together. They were just married. She could not have died a year ago, they had only met six months before getting married.  Opal Writers Magazine  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/05/10/train-into-the-valley-of-madness-e8/
06:15
July 02, 2022
The TRAIN into the Valley of MADNESS Episode 7
The TRAIN into the Valley of MADNESS Episode 7
The night dropped down upon the valley floor like a deep dark cloud falling from the sky, and though the stars still shone bright shards of lightning streaked across the heavens like jagged swords. The wind howled like a chorus of banshees, and somewhere off down the canyon, out of the valley, steel screeched on steel and countless souls screamed in horror. -Donald H Roberts Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022
05:37
July 02, 2022
Train Into The Valley of Madness: E6
Train Into The Valley of Madness: E6
Trevor stood there staring at Anna, rather where Anna had been standing just seconds ago. The valley was alive with activity again but now he was alone. Anna had simply vanished. Then, a moment later the Conductor approached him. He inquired cautiously, “Is there a problem Trevor?” The Train Into the Valley of Madness By Donald H Roberts Opal Writers Magazine  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/03/05/train-into-the-valley-of-madness-e6/
06:03
July 02, 2022
Train into the Valley of Madness : Episode 5
Train into the Valley of Madness : Episode 5
Lassiter Leeks eyed everyone like they were staring at him. His conscience was playing games and his mind, he thought was breaking. None of this was supposed to happen. He didn’t have luggage. Everything he needed would be in a SUV on the road above the Valley. It had all been arranged. Now all he had to do was make like he was going sightseeing up one of the trails and disappear into the wilderness…at least that is what it was supposed to look like. The Train Into the Valley of Madness By Donald H Roberts Opal Writers Magazine | February 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/02/07/train-into-the-valley-of-madness-e5/
04:22
July 02, 2022
Train Into the Valley of Madness: Episode 4
Train Into the Valley of Madness: Episode 4
The Train Into the Valley of Madness By Donald H Roberts Opal Writers Magazine This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/01/02/train-into-the-valley-of-madness-episode-4/
05:20
July 02, 2022
The Train Into the Valley of Madness: Episode 3
The Train Into the Valley of Madness: Episode 3
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/12/01/the-train-episode-3/ Mystery Fiction series The Train Into the Valley of Madness By Donald H Roberts Opal Writers Magazine 
07:30
July 02, 2022
The TRAIN Into the Valley of Madness Episode 2
The TRAIN Into the Valley of Madness Episode 2
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/11/01/the-train-episode-two/ By Donald Harry Roberts The Train Into the Valley of Doom is a mystery series for Opal Writers Magazine.
05:60
July 02, 2022
Train Into the Valley of Madness Episode 1
Train Into the Valley of Madness Episode 1
No one ever knows a train conductors name and few ever concern themselves with discovering it, so throughout this story the man who is the second most significant person aboard the train will be identified simply as, the Conductor. The Train Into the Valley of Madness By Donald H Roberts Opal Writers Magazine This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/10/01/train-into-the-valley-of-madness-episode-1/
05:44
July 02, 2022
Train into the Valley of Madness: All Aboard!
Train into the Valley of Madness: All Aboard!
The ancient steam locomotive chugged into the station. The seven passenger cars emitted dozens of chattering, cheerful, grumpy, and noisy passengers with a hundred different versions of their experience aboard the Valley Of Dreams tour train. When the platform cleared the five passenger cars were removed and next group climbed into the remaining two passenger cars. A typical manifest for the final tour of the season. The Train Into the Valley of Madness By Donald H Roberts Opal Writers Magazine This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/09/01/train-into-the-valley-of-madness/
05:50
July 02, 2022
I WROTE THE STORY OF MY LIFE BUT NEVER ONCE DID I STOP TO READ IT
I WROTE THE STORY OF MY LIFE BUT NEVER ONCE DID I STOP TO READ IT
Words, plots, characters gushed out of me yet never once did I take the time to see if the words were apt; if the plot had inner consistency; if the characters were realistic and likeable. -Boris Glikman Opal Writers Magazine | May 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/2022/05/17/i-wrote-the-story-of-my-life-but-never-once-did-i-stop-to-read-it/
01:17
July 02, 2022
DATING CAN BE MURDER…a true story
DATING CAN BE MURDER…a true story
It’s been three days since I woke up, naked on a park bench. Well nearly naked, save a hospital gown, where I exposed my birthday suit to anyone who wanted a free peep show. I remember opening my eyes and having a splitting headache and a blood soaked bandage affixed to my wrist. BY ART PROCTOR About Art Proctor: I am a seasoned professional working between the intersection of business, art and technology: Film and Immersive Media production, technical media, software application, web and OTT creation. https://ajproc.com/ Opal Writers Magazine | May 2022 www.opalpublishing.ca This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/dating-can-be-murder/
04:34
July 01, 2022
Cliché ~ Touché
Cliché ~ Touché
I learned the backbone of American language from my mother, aka the Queen of Cliché. While most parents charge their offspring to “Be home by eleven o’clock sharp,” my mother quipped, “If you’re not early you’re late.” BY CAPPY HALL REARICK Opal Writers Magazine | June 2022 www.opalpublishing.ca This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/cliche-touche/
03:09
July 01, 2022
Get Ready for Your Next Writers’ Conference
Get Ready for Your Next Writers’ Conference
If you’re thinking of attending a Writer's convention, conference, or festival next year, now’s the time to start your research. BY SUSAN CALDER Opal Writers Magazine | JUNE 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/get-ready-for-your-next-writers-conference/
03:37
July 01, 2022
Grandpa’s Writing Legacy
Grandpa’s Writing Legacy
After my grandfather’s death, I helped my mother sort through her father’s trunk. Stuck inside were ration cards from the early 1900s with pencil scribbles in his familiar hand. Written no doubt during WWI by firelight and faded almost beyond recognition. -SHEILA HUDSON Opal Writers Magazine | June 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/grandpas-writing-legacy/
05:53
June 30, 2022
Coffee & Conversation with Jennifer Lieberman
Coffee & Conversation with Jennifer Lieberman
JENNIFER LIEBERMAN is the author of Make Your Own Break: How to Record & Publish Your Audiobook in Seven Simple Steps I am chatting with Jennifer today. Opal Publishing | Opal Writers Magazine 2022 Read more about her: https://opalpublishing.ca/our-cover-story-jennifer-lieberman/ More about Jennifer: Company: www.MakeYourOwnBreak.com Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08L8918V2/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2 IG: www.Instagram.com/iamjenlieberman FB: www.Facebook.com/iamjenlieberman Twitter: www.Twitter.com/iamjenlieberman
15:59
June 29, 2022
Writing Internal Conflict | Allison Gorner
Writing Internal Conflict | Allison Gorner
In fiction, capturing internal conflict is key to creating vibrant and believable characters. - Allison Gorner Opal Writers Magazine | June 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/writing-internal-conflict/
05:32
June 29, 2022
The Pen of Plenty | Boris Glikman
The Pen of Plenty | Boris Glikman
"Take this, Boris! May it serve you well," the booming voice commands. A hand, holding a shining writing implement, extends towards me. I was all of thirteen years old when the Hand from Above bestowed the Pen of Plenty upon me. - BORIS GLIKMAN Opal Writers Magazine | June 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/the-pen-of-plenty/
16:23
June 28, 2022
Why Host a Book Launch Party?
Why Host a Book Launch Party?
Written by Susan Calder Last month I attended my first in-person book launch in over two years. My friend who released her fifth novel is a pro. At our local bookstore, we enjoyed wine, cupcakes, and my friend’s presentation on the 2017 wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park, which forms the backdrop to her fictional story.   Opal Writers Magazine JUNE 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/why-host-a-book-launch-party/
03:30
June 20, 2022
Invest in Your Writing
Invest in Your Writing
Written by Mandy Eve Barnett To improve our writing skill, however, we need to invest in it. There are multiple ways in which to do this. Opal Writers Magazine - June 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/invest-in-your-writing/
04:20
June 20, 2022
COFFEE and CONVERSATION with Mandy Eve Barnett on INVEST IN YOUR WRITING
COFFEE and CONVERSATION with Mandy Eve Barnett on INVEST IN YOUR WRITING
Welcome! Today I am chatting with Mandy Eve-Barnett about her recent article, INVEST IN YOUR WRITING.  Visit my website to read her articles at www.opalpublishing.ca
19:05
June 17, 2022
Coffee and Conversation with SUSAN CALDER
Coffee and Conversation with SUSAN CALDER
Join me as I have a conversation with Susan Calder, author and writer for the Opal Writers Magazine.  Today we are discussing her latest article, Why Host a Book Launch? You can also view this conversation on YouTube ♥
16:23
June 11, 2022
Writing Biographies for Inspiration
Writing Biographies for Inspiration
Writing Biographies For Inspiration, by SHARON LEDER I learned that Christina Rossetti, like me, became a bolder writer when she herself wrote biographies, poetic ones called monologues. She wanted to go beyond the bounds of “women’s writing”-- romantic lyrics, nature poems, and devotional hymns. Opal Writers Magazine, March 2022 All Rights Reserved - Opal Publishing 2014-2022
05:47
May 31, 2022
THINK Like a WRITER
THINK Like a WRITER
Ideas are always circling us. Like young children with butterfly nets, it is our job to catch a few and develop them into stories with strong leads, robust middles, and fabulous endings. -SHEILA HUDSON Opal Writers Magazine MAY 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/2022/05/24/think-like-a-writer/
04:54
May 28, 2022
Grammar Police
Grammar Police
So, you are a writer. Liz examines how others react you to when you tell them that you are a writer. She is witty and insightful. LIZ BETZ Opal Writers Magazine MAY 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://opalpublishing.ca/2022/05/26/grammar-police/
02:20
May 27, 2022
Does Your Mystery Novel Series Need an Overall Story Arc?
Does Your Mystery Novel Series Need an Overall Story Arc?
When my first novel, A Deadly Fall, was accepted by a publisher, she urged me to create an overall story arc for the whole Paula Savard Mystery Series I intended to write. I thought, that’s a great idea. J.K. Rowling outlined her seven Harry Potter books before she started the first one and that series was pretty successful. By Susan Calder, Author This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/02/07/does-your-mystery-novel-series-need-an-overall-story-arc/
03:42
May 27, 2022
The Super Punt
The Super Punt
When it comes to food, Babe doesn't dare complain about my cooking. Why? Because he doesn’t do kitchens, he does football and golf. His remote control speed-clicks to ESPN. He can catch a football with one hand and he easily swings a golf club in the right direction, but so domestically challenged is he that if he applied for government assistance, he'd get it in no time. -Cappy Hall Rearick Opal Writers Magazine MARCH 2022
04:18
May 14, 2022
A Writer’s Legacy
A Writer’s Legacy
Becoming a grandmother coincided with the big five-o. I pondered what legacy I could leave my very first grandchild.  -Sheila S Hudson Opal Writers Magazine MARCH 2022
04:29
May 14, 2022
Setting a Novel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Setting a Novel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
My latest novel, Winter’s Rage takes place in January 2020, immediately before the coronavirus pandemic. This is book # 3 of my Paula Savard Mystery Series. When I started writing the next book in the series last fall, I knew it would be set in spring, but which year would it be? By SUSAN CALDER Opal Writers Magazine MARCH 2022
03:47
May 14, 2022
WHY It is Time – To RE-THINK Your EVERGREEN CONTENT
WHY It is Time – To RE-THINK Your EVERGREEN CONTENT
Before we alter your evergreen content let’s first determine what is evergreen content. -Catherine Saykaly-Stevens Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022
03:49
May 14, 2022
Don’t Drag Out Your Novel Ending
Don’t Drag Out Your Novel Ending
I used to make fun of mystery novel climax scenes, where the killer has the sleuth trapped and, instead of shooting him and escaping, the bad guy explains the reasons for the murder, giving the sleuth time to capture him. This is clearly a device to inform readers rather than realistic bad guy behaviour. But when I wrote my first mystery novel, A Deadly Fall, I understood the value of this literary trope. -Susan Calder, A Deadly Fall Opal Writers Magazine MAY 2022
03:41
May 13, 2022
The Um’s and Ah’s of Writing
The Um’s and Ah’s of Writing
Have you ever been excited to read a book, only to find you’ve read chapter one three times and you just can’t get into it? There are dozens of reasons the writing might not grab you, but it could be as simple as the writer including too many filler words. These words creep into all kinds of writing, and can trip up your reader. But they’re easy to fix once you know where to look for them, so keep reading to find out how… -Suzi Vadori Opal Writers Magazine 2021
04:13
May 13, 2022
The Quest for the Secret of Writing Success
The Quest for the Secret of Writing Success
 embarked on a quest for the secret to writing success. I bought books, magazines, and sought out workshops. I became a workshop Junkie, attending whenever I could. I earned the title of Queen of the First Chapter for my multiple false starts. I knew there must be a secret that would lead me to author a best-selling novel. I kept looking and with a persistence I hadn’t applied to writing, I discovered it. -By Linda White Opal Writers Magazine 2021
03:49
May 13, 2022
10 Tips for Receiving Critique with Resilience
10 Tips for Receiving Critique with Resilience
Having fellow writers and professionals read and critique your work is a necessary step on the way to publication, but hearing all that is wrong with the words you poured your heart and soul into can feel stressful and disheartening. It doesn’t have to be this way. When you embrace the critique with resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties), a possibly stressful situation can turn into a learning opportunity and launch you onto the path to becoming a better writer. -Allison Gorner Opal Writers Magazine 2021
06:08
May 13, 2022
Develop A Writing Action Plan in 6 Steps
Develop A Writing Action Plan in 6 Steps
Have you ever made a new writing goal only to find yourself getting distracted, giving up and failing? The sad fact is, that a staggering 82% of new years resolutions fail. -Allison Gorner Opal Writers Magazine 2020
08:27
May 13, 2022
5 Types of Supporting Characters
5 Types of Supporting Characters
You’ve nailed down your main character and constructed a worthy adversary and now need to flesh out the cast and people in your book. You need more characters. -Allison Gorner Opal Writers Magazine 2020
08:60
May 13, 2022
Does the Book You’re Writing Match the Book You Wanted to Write?
Does the Book You’re Writing Match the Book You Wanted to Write?
I didn’t finish my first book until I was on maternity leave with my third child. She’s nine now. That book was The Fountain, which became my debut novel. I’m often asked why that was the book I finished, at a time in my life when I had so much going on. The answer for me was that I finally knew wanted I wanted to say to the world with my writing. By Suzi Vadori, Author (The Fountain) Opal Writers Magazine 2020
04:30
May 13, 2022
The Writer’s Home Office
The Writer’s Home Office
Setting goals for your home office space will help you to be more focused and efficient in your writing time.  -By Barbori Garnet Opal Writers Magazine 2020
02:56
May 13, 2022
Creating Emotionally Rich Characters
Creating Emotionally Rich Characters
The characters we create don’t come into being on the first page of the manuscript, they need backstories full of brokenness, just like us. The emotional events in a character’s past will determine the decisions she makes, how she acts, and the lies she tells herself. -Allison Gorner Opal Writers Magazine 2020 This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wp.me/p5zZbn-Lk
08:47
May 11, 2022
Show it, Don’t Tell It
Show it, Don’t Tell It
The concept of “show, don’t tell” is one of the most misunderstood pieces of writing advice and one of the hardest to implement consistently in both fiction and non-fiction.  -Suzy Vadori, Author Opal Writers Magazine This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wp.me/p5zZbn-Lo
03:37
May 11, 2022
3 Important Times to Post Social Media
3 Important Times to Post Social Media
In growing your network, promoting and building others to support them allows you to stand out as someone people want in their network. -Catherine Saykaly-Stevens, The Networking Web Opal Writers Magazine This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wp.me/p5zZbn-Fo
03:22
May 11, 2022
The Shower Muse
The Shower Muse
By Sheila S Hudson A humorous look at writing. Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/08/the-shower-muse/
05:39
May 10, 2022
How to Write a Back Cover Blurb
How to Write a Back Cover Blurb
By Allison Gorner A great title and an eye-catching cover will entice readers to pick up your book (or click on the link), but the back-cover blurb is what will persuade them to read it. Opal Writers Magazine This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/09/how-to-write-a-back-cover-blurb/
11:50
May 10, 2022
Some Thoughts on REJECTION
Some Thoughts on REJECTION
BY JAMES OSBORN, AUTHOR Successful writers know that no piece of writing, be it a short story, essay, or book-length manuscript, should ever be submitted to an agent or editor until it has been critiqued by at least one other person, ideally a trusted beta reader, and best of all an editor qualified in the genre of your piece.  Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/11/some-thoughts-on-rejection/
04:38
May 09, 2022
Character Traits
Character Traits
by Mandy Eve-Barnett There are four basic personality types we can use in our writing - melancholic (sad), choleric (reactive/volatile), sanguine, (upbeat) and phlegmatic (easygoing). From these basic types we can expand our characters into three-dimensional beings using traits. Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/15/character-traits/
09:33
May 09, 2022
Coping with COVID
Coping with COVID
By Cappy Hall Rearick A humorous look at living during Covid-19. Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/18/coping-with-covid/
03:52
May 09, 2022
Investigations of a 21st-Century Dog
Investigations of a 21st-Century Dog
By Boris Glikman I recently asked myself, 'What if our pets were to write a book analysing our behaviour from their point of view? How would they interpret and explain our actions, our drives, our fears, our desires? What kinds of insights into our own lives, our own behaviour could we gain from their perspective?' Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/20/investigations-of-a-21st-century-dog/
09:02
May 09, 2022
Shall I Write Prose or Poetry Today?
Shall I Write Prose or Poetry Today?
By Sharon Leder In my household, there are two writers, my husband Milton and myself. We both write essays, fiction, and poetry. How do we know when our ideas should manifest in poems rather than fiction or essays? Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/22/shall-i-write-prose-or-poetry-today/
06:04
May 09, 2022
Giving Constructive Writing Feedback
Giving Constructive Writing Feedback
By Allison Gorner If you belong to a writer’s group or know other writers, odds are that they will ask you to give feedback.  Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/23/giving-constructive-writing-feedback/
04:40
May 09, 2022
Fool-Proof Your Writing – 5 COMMON ERRORS Writers Can FIX
Fool-Proof Your Writing – 5 COMMON ERRORS Writers Can FIX
Here are 5 tips to foolproof your writing. BY DEBBIE MCGARRY Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/25/fool-proof-your-writing-5-common-errors-writers-can-fix/
04:13
May 09, 2022
the Novel’s Midpoint Reversal
the Novel’s Midpoint Reversal
By Susan Calder, Author of A Deadly Fall If you analyze Hollywood movies, you’ll notice that half-way through most films something happens to shake up the story.  Opal Writers Magazine APRIL 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/04/26/the-novels-midpoint-reversal/
03:21
May 09, 2022
38 CREATIVE WAYS to IGNITE Your Writing Mojo
38 CREATIVE WAYS to IGNITE Your Writing Mojo
By Mandy Eve Barnett 38 Creative ways to ignite your writing Mojo! Opal Writers Magazine MAY 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/05/03/38-creative-ways-to-ignite-your-writing-mojo/
05:16
May 09, 2022
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep…
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep…
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep... | Cappy Hall Rearick I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord for a BOOK to take. Opal Writers Magazine MAY 2022 This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2022/05/05/now-i-lay-me-down-to-sleep/
03:58
May 09, 2022
Opal Magazines - WELCOME!
Opal Magazines - WELCOME!
Opal Magazines introduction by Cindy DeJager, owner and creator of the Opal Magazines I want to welcome you to the Audio Opal Magazines! Creating the Opal Writers and Opal Rising magazines are my Passion!
01:29
December 12, 2021
Humor Writing – is SERIOUS Business | Opal Writers December 2021
Humor Writing – is SERIOUS Business | Opal Writers December 2021
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/12/01/humor-writing-is-serious-business/ Author: Cappy Hall Rearick
03:50
December 03, 2021
A Remembrance of Things Imperfect – SATURN | Opal Rising
A Remembrance of Things Imperfect – SATURN | Opal Rising
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/12/02/a-remembrance-of-things-imperfect-saturn/ By Boris Glikman The Remembrance of Things Imperfect series
01:30
December 03, 2021
The Remembrance of Things Imperfect – The Moon | Opal Rising December 2021
The Remembrance of Things Imperfect – The Moon | Opal Rising December 2021
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/12/02/the-remembrance-of-things-imperfect-the-moon/ The Remembrance of Things Imperfect series, by Boris Glikman
01:27
December 03, 2021
The Art of Travel Memoir
The Art of Travel Memoir
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SERIES The Art of Travel Memoir By Wanda St. Hilaire Books by Wanda: Fragments of French: An Unexpected Journey of the Heart Of Love, Life, and Journeys: Companion Poetry to Fragments of French, second edition The Cuban Chronicles I'm So Sorry It's Cancer: An Exceptional Guidebook for Navigating Your Way to Health and Happiness This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2020/07/31/the-art-of-travel-memoir/
06:53
September 24, 2021
Architect Writing: Outlining A Novel
Architect Writing: Outlining A Novel
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SERIES Kelsey Rae Barthel, Author This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2020/09/11/architect-writing-outlining-a-novel/
03:45
September 23, 2021
Squashing Writers Block
Squashing Writers Block
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE  IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SERIES Suzy Vadori is a Book Coach, Editor and the award winning author of The Fountain Series (The Fountain, The West Woods, Wall of Wishes). She writes for the Opal Writers Magazine.
06:05
September 18, 2021
Book Review: Skeletons In My Closet
Book Review: Skeletons In My Closet
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE BOOK REVIEWS Book Review of Skeletons In My Closet, by authors Dave Sweet and Sarah Graham This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2020/07/27/book-review-skeletons-in-my-closet/
05:00
September 18, 2021
How to Create a Great Writer’s Blog Post
How to Create a Great Writer’s Blog Post
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SERIES MANDY EVE-BARNETT Mandy Eve-Barnett is a multi-genre author writing children’s, YA, and adult books. Mandy writes for the Opal Writers Magazine. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/06/30/how-to-create-a-great-writers-blog-post/
06:39
September 18, 2021
Starting a Writer/Author Blog
Starting a Writer/Author Blog
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE  IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SERIES Mandy Eve-Barnett is a multi-genre author writing children’s, YA, and adult books, and she writes for the Opal Writers Magazine. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/09/07/starting-a-writer-author-blog/
05:56
September 18, 2021
Remembrance of Things Imperfect -Earth
Remembrance of Things Imperfect -Earth
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE POETRY & PROSE -Boris Glikman The Remembrance of Things Imperfect series contains 16 individual verses, one for each planet or heavenly body. BORIS GLIKMAN is a writer, poet and philosopher from Melbourne, Australia. His stories, poems and non-fiction articles have been published in various online and print publications, as well as being featured on national radio and other radio programs. He says: “Writing for me is a spiritual activity of the highest degree. Writing gives me the conduit to a world that is unreachable by any other means, a world that is populated by Eternal Truths, Ineffable Questions and Infinite Beauty. It is my hope that these stories of mine will allow the reader to also catch a glimpse of this universe.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.ca/2021/06/26/remembrance-of-things-imperfect-earth/
01:20
September 18, 2021
Is Your Manuscript Ready for Readers?
Is Your Manuscript Ready for Readers?
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE IMPROVE YOUR WRITING SERIES Suzy Vadori is a Book Coach, Editor and the award winning author of The Fountain Series (The Fountain, The West Woods, Wall of Wishes). This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2020/12/30/is-your-manuscript-ready-for-readers/
06:23
September 17, 2021
Diversifying Your Income Sources
Diversifying Your Income Sources
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE The Home Office Series By Barbori Garnet This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2021/05/10/diversifying-your-income-sources/
05:04
September 16, 2021
Show Don’t Tell…and Other Writing Shibboleths
Show Don’t Tell…and Other Writing Shibboleths
OPAL WRITERS MAGAZINE POETRY & PROSE Boris Glikman is a writer, poet and philosopher from Melbourne, Australia. His stories, poems and non-fiction articles have been published in various online and print publications, as well as being featured on national radio and other radio programs. He says: “Writing for me is a spiritual activity of the highest degree. Writing gives me the conduit to a world that is unreachable by any other means, a world that is populated by Eternal Truths, Ineffable Questions and Infinite Beauty. It is my hope that these stories of mine will allow the reader to also catch a glimpse of this universe.” This episode is also available as a blog post: http://opalpublishing.house/2021/05/15/show-dont-tell-and-other-writing-shibboleths/
05:35
September 16, 2021