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Your Story Isn’t The Only Thing To Research

Notes:  Name left out to protect the innocent. “Remember that person I told you about who put her book up on Amazon?” It took a moment for me to figure out who my friend was talking about.  We had discussed … Continue reading

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Imposter Syndrome Revisited

Yesterday I started writing a post about red flags when submitting to publishers.  It was based off of a discussion a friend and I had. I have done my research, and I can speak intelligently about it.  But when I sit … Continue reading

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My Writing Process – Do I Even Have One?

A friend and a fellow writer told me the other day about obtaining Post-Its for use in her plotting process.  She suggested that I write down my plotting process, if I had one.  I do have one, but it’s hard … Continue reading

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Writing Excuses Season Ten

One of my favorite podcasts about the craft of writing is Writing Excuses.  Hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Brandon Sanderson, and Dan Wells, they live up to their tagline “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and … Continue reading

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An Educational Lunch

I went out yesterday for a long scheduled lunch on Saturday with Jennifer Carson and Melissa Snark. The conversation covered a wide range of topics about what was going on in our lives, but funneled into our writing and where … Continue reading

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They Didn’t Warn Me About This…

I’ve discovered one side effect of writing a book that I wasn’t warned about.  I’m not reading as much for pleasure as I used to. I do still read.  I am reading books on writing.  I’m reading books that friends … Continue reading

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Compulsive Editing Syndrome

I’ve noticed something happening slowly and subtly, a new habit creeping into my day-to-day life. Last Wednesday was when I noted it consciously for the first time. This time of year is a dreaded time at work.  It is when … Continue reading

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I Am A Writer

“So I’ve been reading your blog.” Those words, spoken by a coworker, made my heart run cold.  A few of the people I work with know that I’m writing a book, although none of them know the exact details of … Continue reading

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In the beginning… and beginning… and beginning…

After a few false starts, I’ve gotten working on the fourth draft of the story.  I’m finding this time is that things are finally starting to feel right.  Or at least, now the first chapter is feeling right. During my … Continue reading

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I’m feeling like a murderess

I’ve been killing a lot of darlings lately. I first heard the phrase “kill your darlings” in a On Writing by Stephen King.  He was quoting William Faulkner, who was paraphrasing a passage from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s On the Art of … Continue reading

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