Monthly Archives: April 2011

Write-a-Thon: NaPiBoWriWee

You’ve heard about NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month, when novelists buckle down and write like crazy to complete a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Some of you have even heard about Script Frenzy—where writers give up frolicking in April’s spring showers … Continue reading

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How to Write a Memoir

  Tomorrow, I’ll be interviewing memoir writer Wade Rouse at my Write Now! Mastermind class. Rouse is the author of It’s All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine and three other memoirs. I spent … Continue reading

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Organizing for Writers

This is what my office looks like when I am finishing a project: messy. I spent the whole weekend moving furniture, tossing old stuff, cleaning, and organizing. I still have more to do, but I am beginning to feel like … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Collect Words

My 9th grade English teacher loved the word garage. I didn’t get it. For me, the word garage conjured up images of oil spots and old tools. She kept saying, “Listen to the sound, to how the word rolls off … Continue reading

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Book Review: One Was a Soldier

In 2003, I devoured the debut mystery novel featuring the Rev. Clare Fergusson and Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne, In the Bleak Midwinter in just a few days. With Spencer-Fleming’s latest Fergusson/Van Alstyne mystery, One Was a Soldier, I am … Continue reading

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Write2Transform: Letting Go of Obstacles

It’s too hard. I’m not strong enough. I don’t have time. I throw these kinds of mental obstacles in my path all the time. I hear clients uttering these phrases, too. These words may not be true, but they do … Continue reading

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The Revision Question: Why?

The most important thing is insight, that is … to wonder, to mull, and to muse why it is that a man does what he does. —William Faulkner In my Write Now! Mastermind interview with author Becky Levine, she suggested … Continue reading

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Critique Group Horror Stories

We all have them—critique group horror stories. Maybe someone lambasted you for your political point of view instead of critiquing your novel about a politician. Perhaps a critique group colleague told you that you’ll never amount to much as a … Continue reading

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Write Your Book in 26 Days

  “Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.” —George Orwell Have you ever thought about writing books as a long, difficult struggle? I certainly have—and I LOVE writing! But over the … Continue reading

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Welcome Beth Groundwater

Introducing Deadly Currents Beth Groundwater is known for her cozy mystery series featuring gift basket designer Claire Hanover (A Real Basket Case and To Hell in a Handbasket) This month, Groundwater released, Deadly Currents, the first book in what promises … Continue reading

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