Category Archives: Writing

The Worst Mistake a Novelist Can Make

I’ve read all kinds of books and blog posts that tell me how to be a better writer. Show, don’t tell. Cut out adverbs. Don’t give too much backstory. But give enough so the reader isn’t confused. The list goes … Continue reading

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Anne With an E: Right Story, Wrong Theme

  Netflix recently premiered a remake of one of my long-time favorites with its version of Anne of Green Gables, titled Anne with an E. At first I was mesmerized. Some of the casting was brilliant, especially Marilla, Matthew and … Continue reading

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Nine Plot Twist Ideas

One of my go-to drinks when I don’t really want to drink is club soda with a twist of lime. It’s refreshing and low calorie. Best of all, it looks enough like a vodka and tonic that it keeps those … Continue reading

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Story Ideas are All Around

Have you ever been stuck for a story idea?  It happens to all of us. But it doesn’t have to. Story ideas are literally all around us. Sometimes we just can’t see them. But they really are just about anywhere … Continue reading

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The Theme of the Story and What it Does

  Remember how lots of stories ended with the phrase, “and the moral of the story is…” We don’t hear much of that anymore. But the moral was the thing you were supposed to remember, the thing that gave the … Continue reading

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Story Writing

  Writing a story isn’t as simple as it seems. I realized this when I tried to follow of the writing advice I’d been given. Write a short story, I was told. You’ll learn a lot, get some feedback. It’s … Continue reading

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[VIDEO] How to Write an Award Winning Novel

We’d all love that, wouldn’t we? Writing an award-winning novel. And not just any award, but a prestigious one. Here’s a little video with a seven step guide. Some of these made a lot of sense to me. None of … Continue reading

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Planning a Novel: A New Use for Spreadsheets

Everyone’s got their own idea on how to write a novel. Some writers say they just let their muse take them down whatever path it desires. They let their imagination roam, creativity soar, and permit their masterpiece of prose to … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Why

Why we do something is as important as knowing how to do it if we’re ever going to finish. Starting a project is exciting, like falling in love. When I start something new, all kinds of possibilities spin through my … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Procrastination.   I know I’ve been fighting it the past few days. And I’m learning that overcoming procrastination isn’t as simple as telling myself to get to work.   Instead, I find myself flitting from project to project, not feeling … Continue reading

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