Two Ways to use Life’s Interruptions in your Writing


Like everyone else, I have my plans, my goals. But life gets in the way. Another day goes by with unmet goals and a greater sense of futility in what I’m trying to do. But…

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What Kings Ate and Medieval Underpants


I dropped the book into my lap in disgust. My real desire was to throw it across the room, but I was reading on my kindle and didn’t want to damage it. What made me…

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Dialogue and Setting: Two Great Resources


After letting it sit for a few months, I read the manuscript of my first novel. While it certainly moved fast, I spotted a few problems. The first is that the story is told almost…

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Naming Novels and Narrative Non-fiction


Yes, I’ll admit it. I do judge books by their covers. And their titles. Which may explain why I’m having such a hard time coming up with titles for the three works I have in…

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Getting the Most from Goals


It’s all very well to set goals, big ones that stretch us more than we think we can be stretched. But we all know sometimes the big goals are intimidating. It’s like hiking up a…

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Does Setting Goals Actually Help?


All I hear is that setting goals is a key to success. My mind tells me this is right, but I still don’t like it. Writing down goals implies I’m going to actually have to…

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NaNo Week 3: Never Give Up


Last week, I gave up. I was sure I wouldn’t finish. With all the family events and holidays, finding time to write looked as impossible as finding a place to walk in a hoarder’s house….

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Writing in Desperate Times


It’s a sad fact that the writing life is not just creating great art at the whim of a muse. The words rarely flow from the imagination from brain to paper with ease, falling into…

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Seven Great Writing Blog Posts


Life sometimes gets in the way of things we are trying to achieve. For me, the last few weeks have been spent waiting on my husband as he hobbles around on crutches after bunion surgery,…

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What Moving Taught Me About Writing


Last month we moved from one state to another. Writing got shoved to the bottom of my do list. Packing, cleaning, unpacking, finding my way around a new city, on top of Christmas shopping, travelling…

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