Category Archives: Writing

Second Chance Charlie

I got my first dog the week after I graduated from college. Even though I thought I knew everything – I mean, heck, didn’t that piece of paper with a stamped signature demonstrate that I am a certified know-it-all – … Continue reading

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The Art of Letting Go

Have you ever wondered if Picasso saw one of his paintings hanging at an opening and thought, “Just another stroke of blue and it would be perfect.” Or, if Stephen King thumbed through Carrie and wanted to change a word … Continue reading

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Guess Who Signed a Publishing Contract!

*Tap … Tap … Tap* Is this thing on? Hello, may I have your attention please? This will only take a moment and we can get back to our regularly scheduled programing. A while back I decided that I was … Continue reading

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The Inciting Incident

No novel can exist without an inciting incident. It’s the fuel that flames the fiction fire. It’s the catalyst that casts the characters on their journey. It’s the whole reason you have a novel to begin with.

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The Soundtrack to Your Characters’ Lives

As writers, we get to know our characters intimately, as well as we know ourselves or our best friends. We know their likes, dislikes, quirks, what makes their skin crawl and what motivates them to make off-color jokes when nervous. … Continue reading

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Trying to Tame the Monkey Brain

The hardest part of yoga – aside from avoiding falling on your face – is being mentally present in your practice. They call it being on the mat. When your mind wanders away from your practice, some call it monkey … Continue reading

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Leaving it all on the Page

As an athlete growing up, I was accustomed to hearing coaches telling us (sometimes yelling it) to leave it all on the court. I didn’t fully understand this advice until I was in my mid-20s and working an incredibly hectic … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

As children, we were taught to not judge a book by its cover. But, it’s a lesson that didn’t stick. Every day we judge something or someone by its outward appearance: that buff guy at the gym must be a … Continue reading

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Are Book Trailers Effective?

My blogger buddy Taureanw posted this a while back about book trailers. It’s a brilliant post and even more clever device to market books – had to share!

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A Visit from the Stork

No, no, I’m not pregnant. But I did make you look.

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