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The Right Writer Group for You on #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Photo by samer daboul on pexels.com   Welcome to the January edition of #AuthorToolboxBlogHop! As always, check out the main link for other writers with actionable, terrific guidance on all things writing.  Special thanks to founder and generous Raimey Gallant for her leadership, initiative, bracing support for writers! Before we get started, let me state… Continue reading The Right Writer Group for You on #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

creativity · The Good Life · Uncategorized · Work · writing

Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail

Author Photo, Winter 2017, End of Day Dorothea Brande’s declaration about how to live awake was first published in 1936. In her book Wake Up and Live! she described the impact that this principle had on her life and on the life of others who used it. Brande is quick to explain that she did not… Continue reading Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail

books · creativity · novel · readers · writing

World Building for Readers

Photo from pixabay via pexels.com Writers are exhorted to build strong worlds for their stories: Create an amazing environment. Ensure that the rules of the world are consistent and integrated. Engage the readers with strange, unusual, preposterous or pedestrian details that support the plot and the challenges characters face. Gurus instruct, guide, implore, demonstrate how… Continue reading World Building for Readers

Children · inspiration · life

Take the Hardest Road and Pedal Hard

Photo by skitterphoto on pexels.com Could I do it? Maybe. Maybe not. I chose the hardest way. I was four years old, proud rider of a sweet red tricycle, allowed the independence of riding the sidewalk in front of our house. Breaking the rules, I rode my tricycle farther than I was allowed to go. The freedom, the… Continue reading Take the Hardest Road and Pedal Hard

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Getting Ready to Write Isn’t the Same as Writing, But It Is Essential

Photo by Jakob on pexels.com   She asked me point blank what happened after I finished getting ready to write. Did you write? Good question. I did, but not in the active putting ideas into words and onto the page. I wanted to do that, but my story was too wobbly, newly unbalanced after serious analysis.… Continue reading Getting Ready to Write Isn’t the Same as Writing, But It Is Essential