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Tagged With: writing

Marvel-ous Agents of the Pen

After a year of talking about it, I am finally leading a tween writing group at my local library! I have a confession to make – I love working with tweens. They have conquered all the basic skills, they are beginning to have real higher level thinking, and they still (usually) adore their teachers. It is a … Continue reading »

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World Building

Is your writing set in a known world or a world of your own creation? I know there is a lot that goes in to world-building. The writer must have a clear idea of how things work and present it in a way that doesn’t bore the reader. They absolutely must be consistent – unless … Continue reading »

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A Modest Proposal

I’d like to put forth an idea for all speakers of the English language. Let’s stop describing things as “beyond (fill in the blank).” Please. I don’t know when this trend started, but it has exploded over recent weeks. People are beyond excited for their beyond beautiful friend to achieve results beyond perfect. What is … Continue reading »

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No Excuses November

Happy November, y’all! You know what November means, right? Pumpkin-y flavored stuff, Nutcracker rehearsals, Vegas, Andrew’s birthday  and NaNoWriMo! Oh, you don’t do Nutcracker rehearsals, Vegas and Andrew’s birthday in November? Well, you should. You’re missing out on a lot of fun. I have only participated in NaNoWriMo once (2010) and it was great. I took … Continue reading »

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Undue Influence

What are the things that shape the way you write? I have recently discovered that being part of DFW Writers’ Workshop has influenced my writing beyond the obvious. In our group, you have 15 minutes to read, which is followed by 5 minutes of critique.  Critiques are generally very to-the-point, so 5 minutes is adequate. … Continue reading »

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Sunday Rant

Full Disclosure: I have been known to say the very thing I am about to rant about. I am sorry. Why is it that when a person discloses something even remotely interesting about themselves, their life or their current interests, someone will chime in with “You ought to write a book!” If you can tell … Continue reading »

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The Dreaded Synopsis

Want to strike fear in the heart of a writer? Simply ask them for a synopsis of their current work. A highly (un)scientific poll at DFW Writers’ Workshop shows that crafting the entire novel is considered a much easier task than writing a simple synopsis. I have a (questionable) theory about why the synopsis is seen … Continue reading »

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Maybe

Why is it that some days you can’t get the words on the paper fast enough? Do you have those days? The days where plots, characters and dialogue are swirling around in your brain, preventing any other cogent thought.  Your stomach growls and your brain responds with the perfect word you were seeking last week.  You take notes … Continue reading »

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