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Post Camp Update

I made my Camp NaNoWriMo goal of 10K easily in rewriting the draft of last fall’s novel. I expanded some things that were written too thinly, sketchily, and fast, filling in the blanks to make things less likely to be misunderstood, adding scenes, and building on what I had already written. I have to say […]

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Camp NaNoWriMo and Other News

It’s been a busy week so far. As you may (or may not) have noticed, this website was down for a long time. The issue has been resolved, but it ate up a bit of time…and delayed this post, so what I was going to say here a few days ago I wrote instead on […]

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Plans, Pants, and Discovery

It’s generally thought that there are two types of writers, discovery writers and outliners, or as they are sometimes called “planners and pantsers”. The pants refer to “flying by the seat of your pants”, in other words, making it up as you go along. I consider myself a discovery writer, aka “pantser” even though I […]

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Insomnia for Authors

Don’t think about the book you’re writing. Don’t tell yourself that you’re just telling yourself a bedtime story. Don’t imagine extraneous scenes for characters in your book, complete with dialogue. Don’t delude yourself that you’re dreaming when your characters are doing all kinds of stupid things. You’re still writing in your head. Don’t think about […]

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Writing Prompt #2

I said I was going to do writing prompts, then promptly forgot about it. 😆 So here is a new writing prompt which I came up with and did a couple of weeks ago. Surprisingly (or maybe not) this one ended up — like the last one — being rolled into another story I was […]

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In the dark…

I came across this article, Why Creativity Thrives In The Dark, appropriately enough last November when I was starting work on a new novel. Apparently, creative people do it in the dark. Or in very dim lighting. Of course, these days you can find a study purporting pretty much anything (including contradictory things) online, but […]

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Pop Quiz: The Lemonade Alternative

When life gives you lemons: a. make lemonade b. add lemons to tea because you’ll need caffeine to get through whatever it is. c. make potpouri from the lemon rinds after tea because the scent of lemons makes people feel more alert and, clearly, the caffeine isn’t enough. d. trade the lemons for limes because […]

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Writing Prompt #1

Some friends gave me Story Cubes for Christmas. When I first looked at the Story Cubes I thought the idea would be good for generating writing prompts. My second thought was that I needed to throw a Story Party and have some fun making stories with my friends using the dice. 😀 However, I decided […]

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Backwards and Forwards

Holiday is over. Now procrastination can begin in earnest. 😉 —My tweet today I’m always a bit stuck for New Year’s Resolutions because I feel like if there’s something I need to do in my life that I should begin doing it as soon as I realize it. I don’t tend to put awful difficult […]

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Post NaNoWriMo post

This will likely be my end-of-the-year post unless something earth-shaking happens in the next couple of weeks. For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter or Like my Facebook page, I did complete NaNoWriMo in November. It has occurred to me that I still haven’t satisfied my curiosity about how some people write […]

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