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About wryterinwonderland

Screenwriter, author, former English professor, contest judge, reviewer, editor, writing coach.

Finding Jewels Between Projects

This past weekend, I completed a couple of major projects. Usually, it takes me about a week before I’m immersed in a new project again. After completing any big project, I’ll spend time cleaning off my desk, cleaning out a closet … Continue reading

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Failures IV: 7 Lessons of Failure as a Writer

People look at me and see success. Published in multiple media, in multiple genres, with various awards. With an MFA and a Ph.D., too, but there have been many failures along the way. I have failed so many times I’ve … Continue reading

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Failures Part III

“You learn by failing over and over.” Continue reading

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Failures Part II

Before I begin, I have to tell you that I had to restart this particular blog at least 20 times. I knew what I wanted to say but was failing every time! Finally, having about six pages of single-spaced paragraphs … Continue reading

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Failures – Part I

So many times, I’ve witnessed students and new writers exclaim that successful writers never failed. That’s when I would share this list of successful people who failed early in their careers. When I shared this list with my students, immediately … Continue reading

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The Lettuce Myths

Seriously? A blog about lettuce? Yup. It happened because I was trying to write a blog about my bucket list, which morphed into two other blogs. There was no continuity with any of the writing, so I gave up, answering … Continue reading

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A Village at Work

As a writer, I’m privy to a lot of conversations. A good majority of those conversations come from my characters who converse inside my head. Sometimes they gang up on me, like little kids, demanding, “Me next!” “It’s my turn!” … Continue reading

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Conferences, Retreats, & Write-Ins: Oh, my!

A number of my writing peeps are blogging about the our recent Retreat From Harsh Reality, a weekend where we as an organization, Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America, put on an annual writing retreat. I don’t want to repeat all … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises … It Does?

“Everyone behaves badly–given the chance.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises It’s 10 p.m.  I’ve been at my desk 11 hours today, starting the revision of a script I wrote more than a decade okay but had to lay … Continue reading

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Creating Characters

I love creating characters.  This part of creative writing is one of my favorite activities, along with creating plot, and then creating the outline. Whenever I begin a story, I usually have a visual of my main character and a … Continue reading

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