A Writer’s “Original” Ideas

Posted Mar 7 2018 in , , ,

I saw a tweet last week that fascinated me. This is rare. Twitter is not my happy place. But…this tweet came from a literary agent who posted about “original” ideas. Crazy. Fantastic! I hope she does this every month. Here are few examples of “original” ideas writers asked her to search and the number of […]

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Writing Goals and Contentment

Posted Feb 28 2018 in , , ,

Circling back around a little this week to that other thing I love writing about…writing. Specifically, writing goals and contentment and contemplating if hitting the bullseye is mandatory or if the outer rings will suffice. Goals for me are a constantly moving target. They shift and change. Sometimes on purpose. Sometimes on accident. All part […]

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Winter Book Reviews – 3 Books to Curl Up With

Posted Jan 10 2018 in , , , , ,

It’s that time of year. Days are short and fires are crackling. What better time to discover a new book? Below are three books I’ve read this winter that left a mark on me. Hope you too find that book!   I picked up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, read a few pages, and put […]

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A Year in the Query Trenches

Posted Jan 3 2018 in , , , , , ,

Well, here we are again. A new year. A time to look back and say…wait, what? Some years float in nice and easy like the egrets that glide over the lake in my backyard and some skid in hot and reckless like my 16-year-old when she’s late for school. I’m feeling more of the latter […]

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Skating on Thin Ice: Life with a Food Allergy

Posted Dec 13 2017 in , , ,

Life, every now and then, likes to tap us on the shoulder and remind us just how thin the ice is we’re skating on. It sends a crack our way, right under our feet. I experienced a crack last week. What a week it was. One night I was the guest speaker at an amazing […]

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The Start of a Story

Posted Oct 18 2017 in , , , ,

As a writer, I naturally think a lot about stories. Specifically, how a story starts. When I go to book signing or reading, I love hearing about how a writer’s story began, how they plucked an idea from the sky and transformed it into 400 pages. Beginnings keep coming to mind as I’m working to […]

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Strength In Numbers

Posted Sep 6 2017 in , , , , , ,

Strength in numbers. This is a phrase I go back to often. Not because it’s a 38 Special album (although that album does bring back some fun high school memories- think T-tops, shoulder pads, and Aqua Net hairspray.) No, I think of it because I’ve seen it time and again in life and in writing. […]

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Summer of Suspense – Book Reviews

Posted Aug 23 2017 in , , ,

As usual, I spent my summer reading. Ok, I did other things too but I always had a book close by. Here are three suspense/thrillers that kept me thinking about them long after I finished:   In The Woods by Tana French: Tana French has been writing books for years but I just discovered her. […]

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No Sagging Middles

Posted Aug 16 2017 in , , , ,

A funny thing happened on the way to…the middle of my book. I had a scene I’d labeled “The Middle.” I loved this scene in the middle. It was perfect…in the middle. But a couple of weeks ago, the strangest thing happened. I was writing along and BAM, the scene presented itself way earlier than […]

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A Writer’s Voice

Posted Aug 2 2017 in , , ,

Voice – that mystical goddess all writers want to capture. What is it? How do I get it? Where does it come from? It’s what agents are looking for. It’s what publishers demand. It’s what keeps a reader reading. And it’s what keeps writers up at night, chewing on their fingernails. It’s taken me many […]

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