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Battling those Back to School/New Book Blues

Oh summer, we barely knew ya. Just as we were getting used to staying up late on a school night and have figured out the perfect antidote to beating snow-cone induced brain freeze, we start hearing that dreaded phrase … … Continue reading

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Watching TV is Good for Your Writing

You probably think that when writers aren’t writing, we’re eating, sleeping or thinking about  writing, or heck, even reading. But you know, we’re human. When our brains are done with output, we flip on the TV and veg just like … Continue reading

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The Ides of March

Ahh … March 15. The Ides of March. For those of us who had to memorize Marc Anthony’s monologue from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, this is the day when the Roman leader was brutally murdered by those closest to him. “Friends, … Continue reading

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Point of No Return

In story structure, there’s a point when your characters cross the threshold. The moment when they can’t uninitiate the call to action, they can’t go back to the way life was, blissfully ignoring how their lives have changed. How their … Continue reading

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NaNo to Wri Mo?

Ahhh, the last day of October. Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve. And, the eve of NaNoWriMo Across the country and abroad, writers are saying goodbye to their friends and loved ones. They are preparing care packets filled with everything a writer … Continue reading

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Judgement-Free Writing

I’ve recently committed a heinous crime. No one was hurt, nothing’s gone missing (well, aside from a few marbles in my head) and I won’t break into a cold sweat when I pass a police officer on the street. The … Continue reading

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Treating Book Parasites

Books are parasites. They live inside us. Growing. Feeding off us. And, sometimes, they can make their authors crippled with fear. I know that sounds harsh, but I mean it in the nicest way possible.

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First Day of School

As I sipped my coffee this morning, browsing through Facebook at all the back-to-school pictures, I recalled that feeling of mixed anticipation and trepidation. How I yearned to impress new friends, but in reality ended up embarrassing myself in such … Continue reading

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Reading Room with Matthew Bryant

My guest in this week’s Reading Room, my good friend and GFWW buddy Matthew Bryant, has a very special distinction. Not only do our debut novels share a birthday (must read Towers – it’s fricking awesome!), but my dad reviewed … Continue reading

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Picking Scabs

I know the “ewww” factor will be high on this title, but it’s meant to make you uncomfortable … because if you are an author and you want your readers to feel exactly what your characters are feeling, you’re going … Continue reading

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