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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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How to Prep To Write A Novel

So, you've decided to take the plunge and write a novel.  Perhaps you might be wondering where to begin. Or if you are taking the plunge for a second or third or fourth time, maybe this time you've vowed to get organized ahead of time so you don't spend weeks going down fruitless plot paths.  […]

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The Power of Place

Place is important. I tend to fall in love with places the same way I fall in love with people–instantly and hard–and that figures prominently in my writing.  I find ways to incorporate places that I love, like Portland, or places that fascinate me, like LA, in my writing.  And then there are places like […]

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