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Tweak the way you think about writing a novel

I’m ready to get rolling on my writing projects again. But how to make this year different? I’ve got a few simple tips to get make your writing more productive and satisfying. The first way to tweak your thinking is to … Continue reading

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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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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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Bite into “Chocolat” for pleasure and plot

I take another, from a tray marked Peche au miel millefleurs. A slice of peach steeped in honey and eau-de-vie, a crystallized peach sliver on the chocolate lid.  From “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris.  Quote formatting from Bryton Taylor’s Food in Literature … Continue reading

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Before bedtime routine for writers

Ah, bedtime, land of noddy winkums, snooze city. But wait, don’t go there yet.  If you are planning on writing in the morning, taking a few minutes before bedtime to get ready for the next day will ensure you a … Continue reading

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Playing with words and goals in “The Desire Map.”

As I ease into the beginning of another writing year, I didn’t want to write the same old goals down.  Write every day, finish book, sell book.   So instead, I’m having fun with a new way of setting goals … Continue reading

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Pens: finding your signature stylus

I stumbled upon a review of pens this weekend and went out to buy the highest-rated one on the list.  We were heading to the office supply store anyway for back-to-school shopping, and I took the rating guide from Good … Continue reading

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