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The Writer’s Itch

I’ve been really itching lately. Why yes, fall allergies have lingered into winter. And no, I’m not having a flare up of an embarrassing rash (but thanks for asking!). The itch is coming from that fire within all writers to … Continue reading

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On Final Approach

Writing is a journey. And like most good journeys, it’s about what happens along the way more than the destination. But I’m now on my final approach for Phoenix … Readers, thank you for flying with us on Air Phoenix. … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name?

That which we call a character By any other name smell as sweet? Juliet may have been trying to soothe her lover’s concerns over their warring families, but I completely disagree with her notion that a name is a meaningless … Continue reading

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What Else I’ve Been Doing …

It’s a beautiful rainy Sunday and our new dog woke us up at 6:30 (sweet Charlie doesn’t realize mom and dad won’t be late to work on a Sunday). I should be composing a profound and educational blog, but I … 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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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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Write? Edit. Edit? Write.

Unlike some writers, I’m not completely fearful of the E word. Or even the R word (rewrite), at least I wasn’t when I wrote my first novel. Staring at my second finished MS knowing it needs edits and even re-writes, … Continue reading

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Now to Polishing Silver

The great thing about being a Type A bookworm with an over-active imagination is that I rarely experience boredom. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve felt that restless anxiety of trying to find something … Continue reading

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The End is Just the Beginning

I firmly believe that an author should only be allowed to write the words “The End” when she is truly finished with a novel. Why? Because finishing the first draft is only the beginning of the most important phase: the … Continue reading

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Brutally Honest without the Brutality?

As a member of a critique group, most writers lament harsh reviews – the shows don’t tells, the sneaky POV shifts and even questions about a character’s motivation. Knowing how it can cut to the quick, what do you do … Continue reading

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