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What Trump and Hillary Have Taught Me About Writing

When I take a step back from my reactions to the churning of this never-ending election season, I realize it is providing great fodder for my writing. Here’s what I mean. During the past few months, we have some revelation … Continue reading

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How to Get Unstuck Part 2

Last week, we took a look at two ways to get unstuck. Today we’ll look at three more Third, aim high. I think about Olympic athletes. None of the ones I heard interviewed said his life goal was to become … Continue reading

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How To Get Unstuck Part I

Once upon a time there was an ambitious young executive—we’ll call him Lance. He was doing all he could to climb the corporate ladder: he’d work late and volunteer for special projects. The one thing he was missing was face … Continue reading

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The Power of a Tune

Much of this last year has been consumed with the details of settling my late brother’s estate. Among other tasks, I had the dubious joy of having to prepare not one but two tax returns: one for the time during … Continue reading

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For Whom to Die?

World Building from the Inside Out, Part 5 All good things come to an end, and so does this series on world building, based on Janeen Ippolito’s excellent blog post. The fifth question to pose my protagonist is: Who or … Continue reading

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Addictions Come in Many Forms

World Building from the Inside Out, Part 4 Each week, I’m enjoying this exploration into my heroine’s mind, thanks to help from Janeen Ippolito’s great blog post on world building. This time the question hits on a topic I hadn’t … Continue reading

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A Devastating Turn of Events

World Building from the Inside Out, Part 3 This is the third week of exploring the world building questions from Janeen Ippolito’s blog. This week’s question about my main character is an interesting one and opens up all kinds of … Continue reading

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Making Characters Come to Life

As I’m trying to finish my first (and very rough) draft of Stinging Power, I’m a little troubled about my characters. They seem to be flat, almost like cardboard, with a few flashes of life here and there. The trick … Continue reading

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A Tip that Actually Works

“It’s sure to change your life.” “You’ll get amazing results.” “Your friends will be impressed (or jealous. Or whatever).” We’ve all heard the amazing claims of marketers, trying to convince us that if we just part with a little of … Continue reading

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Crafting Setting and Mood

Telling a riveting story, populating it with characters who speak and act, that part isn’t so hard for me. Playing with words to paint just the right image or capture exactly the perfect nuance is the fun and joyous part … Continue reading

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