Ruminations about structure

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Trilogy and Series Craft Notes

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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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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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Writing a Novel Beginning

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Story vs. History

Story vs. History

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