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Writing Suspense

The great thing about attending a conference is being able to sit and listen to different lectures about all sorts of different topics.  Even better, I get to use my notes to share what I learned with you, my dear … Continue reading

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Scene and Sequel – I finally get it!

I’ve heard the terms scene and sequel used together for the past few years and to be honest until recently I’ve been super confused about them.  I knew what a scene was, it’s that thing that happens in one place … Continue reading

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DP Challenge: Collecting Detail

This week the Daily Post Challenge caught my interest.  The prompt is to focus on the details and find three “glimmers of a beginning” to work into a paragraph.  Writers are urged to seek out the tiny details that might … Continue reading

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Writer’s Toolbox: Observation Notebook

When it comes to great ideas, many of us fall in to the, “this is so great, how can I forget it?” problem. Then we forget before we can apply the idea to our project, or jot it down somewhere. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Slow Down, Enjoy the Journey

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” Ralph Waldo Emerson As a species we tend to rush things, we want what we … Continue reading

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5 Cool Places to Find Writing Inspiration Online

This last week I finally finished the second draft of my book and am now taking a much needed break away from that story.  After a few weeks I’ll have the perspective I need to be able to edit and … Continue reading

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Being Flexible – The Next Best Thing to Being Regular

One of the most repeated bits of advice I’ve heard floating around the writing world is to create a schedule for your writing and then stick to it. Having a schedule and a fixed time dedicated to writing mean exactly … Continue reading

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Know Thy Stuff – Why Research is Important

Has this happened to you? You are reading a book and starting to enjoy the story.  Part of the reason you chose this book is that it includes a subject that you are especially interested in.  The further you read … Continue reading

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The Editing List – 10 Things You’d Better Do Before Submitting Your Work

If you are in the writing business, you are submitting your work all sorts of interesting places. Perhaps you are sending a story to a contest or a magazine. Maybe you’ve written an article for a local newspaper.  For most … Continue reading

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“Life, the Universe, and Everything” Writing Conference

Last weekend I had the mind-blowing experience of attending the “Life, the Universe, and Everything” (LTUE) sci/fi fantasy writers conference.  Networking opportunities like these don’t come my way often and it’s great to be able to shake hands with some … Continue reading

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