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Having Written Feels Better Than Anything

Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing, I love having written.” I don’t hate writing, but this week has certainly proven to me that having written feels better than (almost) anything. I completed the arguably final revisions to my thriller … Continue reading

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Cold Shoulders

The big chill is on. For this past week, we’ve been in the throes of a deep freeze here in Oregon. Today is a bit too nippy even to walk  the dogs.  I lived in Rochester, New York for seven … Continue reading

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The Joy of Having Written

I finished editing the final six chapters on AURUM today.  I’m done.  Finished, Finito. This is my fourth completed novel.  The joy and lightness of spirit that comes with having written is a high I’ve now experienced four times, but … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Synopsis

 Ugga-mugga.  I hate writing synopses even more than I hate writing queries.  I suppose I wouldn’t mind them so much if I felt confident about writing them, but since my measurement for  success is a sale of my novel for … Continue reading

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Next Steps

With GLAMOUR version 02.5 now in the hands of my early readers, I’ve set the manuscript aside for the next month, and I’m looking forward to a little downtime.  I’ve got some catching up to do.  I’ve been so busy … Continue reading

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The Importance of Starting in the Right Place

I admit it.  I’m starting over.  From the beginning.  After changing the POV in GLAMOUR from first person to third person, the story was still dull, and I realized I was starting in the wrong place.  And by starting in the wrong … Continue reading

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Someday my YES will come

If you’re a writer (or any kind of creative person), rejections are pretty much a fact of life.  Especially if you’re just starting to submit queries to agents, editors, and publishers.   Especially if your manuscript or story has already been … Continue reading

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