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Building Your Fictional World

Recently, I was the judge in fiction-writing contest.  My job was to review the finalists in the novel first chapter portion of the contest, and select the top four winners.  It was fascinating because every entry had a good concept for a story. But. Every entry but one had viewpoint issues (a topic I'll address […]

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Point of View Tips and Tweaks

I spent yesterday afternoon reading a rewrite of a client's novel (at least the first part of it). He has struggled with point of view in the past, and I've nudged him mercilessly on it. So I was thrilled to see that he is mastering it! Reading his manuscript brought to mind some tips on […]

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Everything Is Perfect

I awoke at 2:45 A last night (this morning, actually). I lay there for a few minutes, wide awake. I tried not to panic about not sleeping.  Because, the worst thing about not sleeping is the panic about it.  My mind scrolled through what I had to do today and how bad it would be […]

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When A Character Morphs

The protagonist in my WIP just morphed.  When I started writing her, she was one way and now suddenly she's another.  (With the demands of launching my novel, I haven't had the time to actually put these changes into effect, but I've taken lots of notes.  And I think about it all the time.) It's […]

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7 Ways to Get to Know Your Character

No matter what you're writing, memoir, fiction or even web copy, character is everything. You've got to know your character through and through in order to write successfully. This was brought home to me all over again last week, when I spent the week with my daughter and her baby and learned, first hand, what […]

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Prepping to Write a Novel

When it comes to fiction writing, lately I've been struggling. First I was totally committed to writing one novel.  Oh, but no.  Then I decided that I absolutely, positively was in love with a different idea.  Until I desperately needed to work on yet a third idea, the best one yet!  This has been my […]

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Organizing for Success

Please excuse the grandiose title.  I couldn't organize my way out of a paper bag.  My brain just doesn't think that way, does yours?  Because it is my experience that most of us creative types tend to be more towards the wafty, creative, big picture side than the down-to-earth groundedness I associate with being organized. […]

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A Very Glittery Book Review

*Note: after you read the review, please scroll down to the end of this post and answer the question I've asked.  Thank you, beloved readers. Waking Up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo I've followed Kathy Cano-Murillo for quite some time on her crafting blog and lately her writing blog. Why?  Because she […]

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