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NaNo WriMo Prep Time

NaNo WriMo Prep Time

November is almost here, and I know many of you are nervous-excited for the kickoff of NaNo WriMo. For those of you who don’t know what “NaNo WriMo” is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the challenge is to write 50,000 words in the month of November. (That’s about 200 double-spaced typed pages.) Sound… Continue Reading

9 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity

9 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity

Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of things to keep my muse happy and my creativity flowing. More recently, I’ve fielded the “where do you get your ideas” question in a number of interviews. Consequently, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to enhance my creativity and what does it naturally. Want… Continue Reading

Writer Wisdom

Writer Wisdom

I’ve been amusing myself this morning by looking through quotes by writers on writing. It’s a pastime one degree away from being productive while still mimicking the feeling. Plus, there’s a lot of really great nuggets of wisdom in those authors’ off-the-cuff (or perhaps well-thought-out) words. Here are the quotes that resonate most with me.… Continue Reading

Yes, But / No, And: Story BFFs

Yes, But / No, And: Story BFFs

The latest season of Scandal released recently on Netflix, and I burned through it in record time. The show is absurd. I know this. Secret government agencies. A president who appears to do nothing but find ways to meet with his mistress. Characters who talk in speeches instead of normal dialog. Assassins everywhere. And I can’t… Continue Reading

When to Give Up

When to Give Up

I got a letter from an aspiring author today, and it was like she’d found a note my past self had written. Absolutely uncanny. Here’s the gist: She’s finished a whopper of a novel, and everything she had in her head didn’t translate onto the paper. In fact, it’s hard not to hate the piece. It devoured… Continue Reading

Improving My Craft

Improving My Craft

I’m a lifetime subscriber to learning. It’s a nerdy way of saying I’m always interested in finding out about something new. While this applies to watching the way a wasp decapitates and devours a caterpillar to learning about various UFO theories, it also applies to writing. I’ve been a student of the craft for over two decades,… Continue Reading

Where I Get My Story Ideas

Where I Get My Story Ideas

Since I just pulled a new scene out of the ether for the ending of my forthcoming magical realism romance, Tiny Glitches, I thought this would be a perfect time to answer the popular “where do you get your ideas” question. Here it goes. The Possible but Not Likely Sources I’ve heard of authors who’ve had… Continue Reading

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