Tag Archives: Writing

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, that’s … 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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Gutting It Out

Two days ago, I finished writing the first draft of a medieval novel that I started almost ten years ago.  What’s really ironic is that most of the writing occurred in the last six months. After a decade of missing … Continue reading

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Storyboarding: Creating Structure to a Project

I love Orly Konig-Lopez’s blog Writing in the Storm, and particularly today’s Writing Process Throwdown.  She talks about her plotting method, which is one I use. Basically, it’s a method I borrowed years ago from Hollywood’s storyboarding, where the story … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Hiccups

I’m behind.  Again. I wish I could say that I don’t know how it happens, but actually, I do know how it happens. Life. And a lack of making writing the priority it deserves. What’s frustrating is that I know … Continue reading

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The One Trait Every Writer Needs

is PERSISTENCE! The persistent writer  Submits their[1] work. Accepts rejection. (It’s not personal). Accepts criticism. Wants criticism because they know growth occurs when mistakes are pointed out.  Plus, criticism means the writer engaged the reader, if not hit a nerve. … Continue reading

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Publishing Online – Not For the Faint of Heart

In 1993, I published my first book.  I was in the right place at the right time, with a finished manuscript—several to be exact.  I was waiting for preparedness to meet opportunity, which is what being in the right place … Continue reading

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Facebook Writing Challenges Accountability Group

I don’t know about you, but when I make public my writing goals, I have better results. What about you? Would you like a place on Facebook (FB) where you can state your WIP (work in progress) goal(s), ask a … Continue reading

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Writing about Emotions & Feelings

Finding this chart of “Emotions & Feelings” on Pinterest today, I was reminded of a time when I was worrying and feeling high anxiety due to a stressful event that had my emotions inside out and upside down. All I … Continue reading

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