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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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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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How do you know when you’re finished?

How do you know when you’re finished?

How do you know when you’re finished? How do you know when it’s time to let go of your manuscript and send it out, either to beta readers or to your agent or to querying agents? Because let’s face it: every time you look at it you will find something you want to...

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Me and NaNoWriMo

Me and NaNoWriMo

Yes, I have done (and am doing) NaNoWriMo. So are many of my serious, well-published author friends. Why? Isn't NaNoWriMo just a gimmick to make everyone believe they can write a novel (and there's nothing bad about that, IMO)? That depends. On why you're...

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Self-Doubt

Self-Doubt

I thought about just leaving it at that. You all know exactly what I'm talking about, don't you? It goes hand-in-hand with wanting validation, feeling unappreciated, and that pesky cousin: imposter syndrome. It's especially powerful for me when I have a manuscript out...

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

I try to be tolerant and not too pedantic when it comes to the way people use the English language. Colloquialisms are totally fine, weird punctuation, etc.—especially in quickly dashed off social media posts. But when I see something repeated misused in mainstream...

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Editorial sticker shock?

Editorial sticker shock?

If you're an aspiring writer and you've explored options for working with a developmental editor, or a story coach, or any of the other titles people give someone who is going to help you scrub and polish and tweak and twist your story into decent shape, you've...

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