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Goals for Writers: How to set them; How to keep them

We all have our bad writing days. You know, the ones where you spend twelve hours of the day thinking about what you might write when you actually sit down if those ideas come to mind? Yeah. But sometimes those days stretch past a single day. The next thing you know it's been a week… Continue reading Goals for Writers: How to set them; How to keep them

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How to Write a Novel (Without Going Insane)

You want to write a novel, right? Easy, you think. I'll just sit down and write whatever comes into my head. But then you get stuck, so you look up some blog posts for help. They suggest you read 'this' book or 'that' book on the technical aspects of writing. Suddenly, you find you not… Continue reading How to Write a Novel (Without Going Insane)

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NaNo2016: What’s on your playlist?

It is here!! Finally! I've seriously been thinking about all things WriMo for well over a month now. And yes, I did indeed have the proverbial nightmare-where-I-missed-writing-any-words-on-day-one dream, the night before it all started. But thank God, it wasn't reality! I actually got almost 4000 words written yesterday! *happy dance, happy dance, happy dance, and… Continue reading NaNo2016: What’s on your playlist?

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#NaNoWriMo2016 Insanity!

Okay, writing people. I have decided to do NaNoWriMo! My first ever 'official' dive into the craziness of 50,000 words in a single month! After all, the world needs my novel, right? Not gonna lie: I'm scared. Really scared. Why? Because I'm an overachiever. If I set a goal and don't meet it, I'm more likely… Continue reading #NaNoWriMo2016 Insanity!

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Pulling Weeds from your Writing Garden

Weed Words. Even the most experienced writers find those pesky repetitive words that creep into their manuscripts. One of my personal weed words is "now." I honestly had no idea how often I used it in my writing until a friend of mine pointed it out in a text! At the time I was shocked by her comment.… Continue reading Pulling Weeds from your Writing Garden

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The Art of an Effective Critique

Eight (long) weeks ago, my family and I pulled up sixteen years of deep rooted life from Amish country PA and moved to the land of scorpions and cacti in AZ. At the time, I was concerned with the more obvious needs we would need to establish, once we arrived in our new home. Things… Continue reading The Art of an Effective Critique

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Listen to The Doctor. (or 3 Ways Dr. Who Can Make You a Better Writer)

The Doctor. Two simple words. Say them in proper company and you will fall into an hour long conversation without so much as a blink. (*Pun totally intended!*)  Okay, okay. This guy has been around for generations - literally. And honestly, I find it fascinating that a TV show about a Time Lord and his… Continue reading Listen to The Doctor. (or 3 Ways Dr. Who Can Make You a Better Writer)

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Three reasons to write in Starbucks

Coffee. It seems to be every writer's addiction. (Although maybe I'm just not paying close enough attention to tea drinkers or soda-holics.) I'm not gonna lie - there are days my husband walks through the door from work and orders me to Starbucks, so I can get some writing done. (This after he's seen my… Continue reading Three reasons to write in Starbucks

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Who’s ready for camp?

Many of you may remember my time at Camp NaNoWriMo back in April and how much fun I had! Well, it was such a great time, I've decided to 'go' to camp one more time! Camp NaNoWriMo begins another month long session starting July 1 and runs through July 31. Once again, this is a… Continue reading Who’s ready for camp?

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Stop lying to your readers!

Raise your hand if you've ever felt scammed. I know I have. You see, a very annoying thing happened to me yesterday. I was duped into reading something I didn't want to read. I mean, I did at first, of course. But only because it appeared to be something other than what I thought it… Continue reading Stop lying to your readers!