Tag Archives: plotting

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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Party Crashers

If you’re a writer flying the Camp Pantster flag over your computer, you know that your WIP often surprises you with plot twists and turns. But what happens when a Party Crasher walks into the room? Because the Muse – … Continue reading

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For Your Listening Pleasure

I know it’s been a while since I last posted an update. It’s not that I’m being lazy … hustling books, working furiously on Pardon Falls and oh yeah, day job, has kept me busy. While I await my next … Continue reading

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Plotting By the Seat of My Pants

NOTE: This blog post is a form of procrastination, a diversion from what I said I was really going to do today – write 2,000 words. But, that said, it’s an important post because it’s a place for me to … Continue reading

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What I’m Giving Up for Lent: Editing

Wait a minute … a writer giving up editing for Lent? Isn’t that like a fish giving up swimming? Well, yes and … no. A friend asked me today what I was giving up for Lent. I hadn’t really thought … Continue reading

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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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Mommy, Where Do Stories Come From?

It’s probably easier to explain the birds and the bees to a four-year-old than it is to explain where stories come from. While there are far fewer body parts involved, the answer isn’t simple at all because each writer has … Continue reading

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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 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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