Category Archives: On Writing

Embarking on fall writing with a planner

I love any reason to begin again, and the last best one of the year is the start of school.  I’ve walked past my writing space all summer looking wistfully in at the books, piles of clutter and the welcoming … Continue reading

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Welcome Home

I have just been through the most challenging several months of my life so far. Without going into all the gory details, suffice to say that facing a loved one’s grim health diagnosis, medical emergencies attendant to that, spending way … Continue reading

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Are weekends bad for writers?

I exchanged some friendly conversation with the guy running the register at my grocery store and asked him if he was looking forward to the weekend.  He stuck the asparagus into my bag and paused to tell me, “People think I’m … Continue reading

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Just one page

Recently, I got an idea about achieving writing goals by listening to Gretchen Rubin’s podcast.  Gretchen Rubin is the author of The Happiness Project and has just started a podcast with her sister who is a television writer in California. … Continue reading

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Stuck in Query Limbo

I just finished sending off my first batch of query letters for my second mystery novel. Querying, along with losing my-fall-into winter extra pounds was among the things I targeted for January. (I don’t call them resolutions.) Any writer who … Continue reading

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Six things to do when your writing goes cold

“It used to be so juicy.”  “I was on fire.”  “3,000 words in one day.”  Sure, that was before the holidays, the birthday, the vacation, the big test.  Now the trail is cold, your grasp on your characters seems frail, … Continue reading

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What to say at your High School Reunion (for writers)

High School Reunion.  Those three words are going to strike some emotion in you, whether it be fear, excitement, depression, curiosity or annoyance.  A 10-year reunion or above brings you face to face with what you’ve accomplished over the elapsed time … Continue reading

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