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Mother Goose and Show Don’t Tell

Mother Goose and Show Don’t Tell

Many books and blog posts have been written about "show don't tell." I'm not going to pontificate about it here. As most writers understand, there's a place for both in a novel. What I want to talk about here is what that phrase actually means. I want to illustrate...

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Trilogy and Series Craft Notes

Trilogy and Series Craft Notes

There's no denying the appeal to readers of a series or a trilogy. When I think about it, I realize that I truly fell in love with reading because of a series—Nancy Drew, of course! As a young reader, I loved getting to know Nancy and her friends, watching her get...

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I’m Open for Business as an Editor

I’m Open for Business as an Editor

Sometimes life pushes you onto a path you didn't expect. Writing full time and hanging out a shingle as a freelance editor and ghostwriter isn't what I thought I'd be doing at the moment. I thought that would be about six years off for me. But... My editor site is...

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Happy New Year to All!

Happy New Year to All!

A little late, but at least it's still January! Why is it that turning the page on the calendar feels so significant? For me, a new year is an invitation to new beginnings. I suppose that's obvious, but the symbolism of it is very powerful. It's a challenge to adjust...

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The Importance of Connecting

The Importance of Connecting

It's been a while since I've written one of these posts, mostly because I've been head down writing my new WIP. This project is all absorbing, because I am very excited about it and very scared that I can't do it justice. But I haven't just been writing. I've also...

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Ruminations about structure

Ruminations about structure

No two ways about it: I'm struggling with the structure of my WIP. It's as if I've spent months making what I hoped would be a beautiful garment, something I could see so clearly in my imagination, only to discover that I put a piece in upside down, and to fix it I...

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