Barbara Irvin

Barbara Irvin was 13 when she professed to her family that she was going to write a novel. By the time she got to high school, she was beginning to find her voice. She wrote for the school paper and shared her work with other aspiring writers. She appreciated the feedback she received and loved seeing her name in print. The feeling of elation was greater than anything she had ever known. By her twenties, Barbara started writing content for a newsletter that was published by a nonprofit organization. She also submitted editorials to the local paper. Her confidence to send queries to other markets increased, and it wasn't long before she had several poems published in an online literary journal. Barbara holds a certificate in freelance writing from Penn Foster Career School. As difficult as the writing life is at times, Barbara cannot imagine doing anything else. Each new project she takes on is an adventure because she never knows where it will lead. When a submission is rejected, she pushes on, certain the next great opportunity is just around the corner.


11 entries by Barbara Irvin

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The importance of summarizing your novel.

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Developing a rigorous writing routine.

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When it comes to writing, don't always go it alone.

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Remembering the late, great Jackie Collins.

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Never let rejection stop you from pursuing your publishing dreams.

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Suggestions for making (and maintaining) the right professional relationships

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It’s okay to write about what you don’t understand.

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The popular romantic-suspense novelist discusses genre, character development, and her workaholic nature.

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Two mentors who have inspired me

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Preparing for that all-important interview.