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Does Your Brain Get in the Way of Editing?

One of my favorite editing techniques is to read my manuscripts as Amazon intended: on my Kindle. I’m not a fan of any particular e-reader.  I happen to own a Kindle, and I still love to purchase the printed word. … Continue reading

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Are you ready for NaNoEdMo?

If November is National Novel Writing Month, does that mean December is National Novel Editing Month? Editing gets a really bad rap.  And probably for good reason.  It’s the polar opposite of the free-flow creative process where the brain gets … Continue reading

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The Final Phase of Writing: Not Writing

Should a writer write every day? Many authors will shout a resounding YES! I have no quibble with them. I also don’t hold myself to that standard.  I try to practice moderation (except where chocolate is involved).  I believe it’s … Continue reading

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When Does Your Brain Wake Up?

Early bird or night owl?  Most writers I know seem to be one or the other. Some of us have brains that come alive just as the sun is setting.  Others do their best work between sunrise and brunch.  I’m … Continue reading

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Ink Stains, Cookie Cakes, and Digging for Story Gold

Writing Phase Two: Bedtime Medimagining What puts me to sleep faster than anything?  A notebook, a flashlight, and a ballpoint pen. There are ink stains on my pillowcases and countless pen caps scattered beneath my bed. At the end of … Continue reading

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Tiny Digestible Bites

Novel Writing Phase One:  Stuffing the Cornbread Trying to write a novel is like trying to stuff the cornbread with the turkey. Authors have a buffet of stories swirling within us.  Beginnings.  Endings.  All the bits in-between. While many people … Continue reading

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The Character of Where

Novel Planning Phase Four: Location, location, location. Where is one of my favorite characters. No, that’s not a question.  It’s the truth.  I love to ask “Where does this story happen?” and give the Where a persona of its own. … Continue reading

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Great Fires, Feminist Writers, and Exploding Toilets

Novel Planning Phase Three: When Fiction Is Fact My personal motto as an author?  Never guess.  Always check. For me, research happens throughout the writing process.  I call what happens before I start writing the presearch because it’s as much … Continue reading

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