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From Family History to Historical Fiction

From Family History to Historical Fiction

An immediate caveat: Historical fiction is not my forte. My current WIP will be entered as contemporary Women’s Fiction in the Genesis contest. But, I was handed a treasure several years ago that has sparked my imagination. During her hometown’s centennial celebration,a relative of mine wrote an account of the first of our ancestors to come […]

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Get thee behind me, Weasel Word.

“We’ve all done that thing when you’re writing a first draft and you look at your prior day’s work to see where you left off.  Three hours later, while you’re debating the merits of moment versus minute in your third paragraph, you realize you haven’t written a new word. It’s important to turn off your inner […]

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Music to my Manuscript

It always starts the same.  The soft plucking of a single guitar string that eases into a tentative harmony.  Then a clear, wistful voice says, “hello.” It’s the first line of Jason Mraz’s song, If It Kills Me, and it happens to be the first of 49 songs that comprise what is oh-so-cleverly dubbed Writing List in my […]

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Stalking Agents & Editors

Stalking Agents & Editors

Since ACFW is just around the corner, I’m going to stick with conference preparedness. Good news, if you don’t get the appointment with the agent and editor you want, all is not lost. We’ve all heard the stories about writers following agents and editors in the bathroom and slipping their one sheets under the stall. […]

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27 Jun Posted by in How-To Articles | 8 comments

A Writer’s Alphabet: D is for … Dialogue!

A Writer’s Alphabet: D is for … Dialogue!

Distinctive. Disarming. Delightful. Delicious. LOTS of words came to mind (with the help of my fb friends) once they helped me decide that dialogue was the right word to use in this post. And why not? Dialogue is a writer’s best friend. It helps us develop a distinctive voice for each character. It can disarm […]

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Go Out on a Limb–The Fruit is There!

Go Out on a Limb–The Fruit is There!

You love to write or you wouldn’t be a writer!  Writers write!  But do you love to stand up and speak?  Many writers are happy enough to be in their cozy environs huddled up with a pen and paper, ipad or laptop; don’t bother them with the “events” where they have to say anything!  Sound […]

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16 May Posted by in How-To Articles | 10 comments

Where does your story begin?

Where does your story begin?

For the last few weeks, I’ve been looking at blogs, websites, and reading a lot of information from books on writing “the beginning chapter.” One book that I found helpful is Nancy Kress’s, Beginnings, Middles & Ends. It is from that book that I write this post. Do you know why we find ourselves writing […]

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13 May Posted by in How-To Articles | 4 comments

How to: Be a Beneficial Critter

How to: Be a Beneficial Critter

Though I’m not currently participating in a critique group, I’ve gotten a lot of good out of them over the years, and I hope I’ve contributed too. Here are a few things that will make you a welcome addition to any busy bee-hive: 1. BE critical: Take an honest look, and BE helpful. Don’t just […]

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25 Apr Posted by in How-To Articles | 8 comments

Looking For The WRITE TIME

Looking For The WRITE TIME

Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.  ~William Penn Do you have a writing schedule that works? I’ve been following the blog, Routine for Writers. Frequently, this site features authors who share their writing routine and how they manage to fit it in with their “other” life. Finding a routine that […]

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