Author Archive | Charlotte Rains Dixon

Bad Writing Habits Follow Me Wherever I Go

I’ve been working on removing an excess of interiority from my novel.  Scenes which otherwise might clip along are bogged down by my protagonist, the beloved Emma Jean, thinking too damn much.  We’ve been talking about this bad habit of mine in my weekly writing group, but I hadn’t internalized it until I started reading […]

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No Readers But Lots of Writers?

The other day I dragged myself to the gym.  (Yes, I do manage to accomplish that once in awhile.)  The man on the treadmill next to me, who later introduced himself as Richard, was reading a Michael Connelly novel and I was reading Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. We were discussing the vagaries of putting […]

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Rewriting Without Ruination

I can never decide if I like writing the rough draft or rewriting better.  Actually, it usually depends on where I am in the novel.  If I’m writing a rough draft, I wish I was rewriting.  If I am rewriting, I long for the freedom of the rough draft. Brings to mind a saying my […]

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Writing Resistance

Today, I know all about Rosie’s decision to leave The View.  I know all about the storms that ravaged towns in Texas near the border to Mexico.  All about them. Why?  Because I’m supposed to be writing.  This is my morning to work on my novel.  Its so much easier to look at stories on […]

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A Single-Spaced World

Suddenly, it is a single-spaced world.  This thought just occurred to me as I was editing an article I am going to post on my new companion blog.  Last time I tried importing something from Word that was double-spaced I got everything all messed up, even after I’d figured out how to do it without […]

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Mayborn Writers Conference

Just got back in touch with my friend George Getschow after a few months of us both being so buried in work that we’ve not been in contact.  That’s a bad thing–I miss him.  He’s buried in work because he is the organizer of one of the best writing conferences in the country–the Mayborn Literary […]

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List of Writing Prompts–1

Prompts Time yourself, (10-20 minutes), do not quit writing no matter what I don’t know how she does it. I don’t know why he does it. You’re on the wrong road. The last bus left. It’s dark, it’s cold and I am hungry. I love being lost. The Ides of March. What use is it […]

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On Writing Prompts

I’ve been wanting to write a post about writing prompts for awhile now.  Tonight while farting around on the internet, I found a contest based on a prompt (this is for women only, sorry guys).  You can find it here. Truth is, its kind of dorky.  But then, prompts are kinda dorky, don’t you think? […]

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