Category Archives: extraordinary

Thrill Ride: Nine Questions for Jump-Starting a Novel

Here another useful tool I use when I’m dancing around, trying to find my plot. I find that once I’m able to answer the following 9 questions, the story has pretty well coalesced and I’m ready to start outlining and/or … Continue reading

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Feathersight and Inspiration

One of my Beloved Sisters, a biologist, told me once that there are two kinds of people in this world: feather finders, and everyone else. She says feather finders cannot help themselves—they find feathers wherever they go. I don’t know if … Continue reading

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Seven Fundamental Lessons I’ve Learned About Being a Writer (So Far)

When I first started writing, my only goal was to write a novel, get an agent, and get it published. The way I figured things then, was that I’d gotten decent grades in my English classes in school, and I’d done plenty of writing … Continue reading

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Happy 4th! A Sparkler Can Be Anything

I’m back at work on GLAMOUR again, working on my fourthdraft.  I’m calling this my sparkle draft.  The first two drafts got the story structure in place.  Draft three was a rewrite; where I fixed the plot holes, rewrote the … Continue reading

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