Monthly Archives: January 2018

I signed up for a writing conference…what was I thinking?

When I participated in Writer’s Digest’s First Ten Pages Boot Camp, one of the features was a lengthy, very open Q&A with our critiquing agent. One question posed in my group was this: What, aside from a polished manuscript and … Continue reading

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The Devil Inside Me

Love mysteries? Crime novels? Whodunnits? Read on. If you like history as a basis for fiction, even better. AND if you like the psychology behind why people kill, especially serial killers, The Devil Inside Me is right up your alley. I’ve dedicated … Continue reading

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My Writing Is a Mess–and So Am I

We interrupt this regularly-scheduled blog post to share a must-read from Lauren Sapala: “Writing Is Messy. That’s Just the Way It Is.” Lauren is the author of The INFJ Writer, a writing guide for introverts, as well as an autobiography, Between … Continue reading

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What Harriet the Spy Taught Me

A couple of posts back, I flippantly said that if Harriet the Spy was my favorite book in fourth grade, why would I ever deviate from that genre when writing?  To my surprise, a few of you messaged and said … Continue reading

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Murder Your Darlings

Earlier this week, I focused on the argument of editing while writing versus writing without stopping. Part of that struggle includes editing out pieces that you love but just don’t fit. I first stumbled across that concept in Stephen King’s book … Continue reading

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Should I Edit While Writing?

First, can I give a shout out to my first followers? Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts and for your kind words. I’d love to hear your comments here on the blog! If you’d … Continue reading

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Yes! You Can Be a Writer!

The first thing I learned from that half-done, now-shelved novel I mentioned earlier this week?  WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE–and don’t be afraid to do it. Stop asking yourself “am I good enough to be a writer?” You’ll never know until … Continue reading

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