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Passion in the Writer, Passion in the Reader

Photo by Alex Mihis on pexels.com “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” — Robert Frost While you might be fascinated by your subject, impressed by the intricate plot you have woven, thinking is not enough to sustain meaningful, powerful story, whether it is… Continue reading Passion in the Writer, Passion in the Reader

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The Memory That Remains

Author photo, with temporary loan from generous, watchful dog It was one of the best meals I ever had. We were in Tuscany at a renowned restaurant with antique chestnut chairs and pine chests, wrought iron fixtures, attentive waitstaff, and starched white linens. Our day had been filled with driving, sightseeing, going wherever we wanted at… Continue reading The Memory That Remains

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Story Ghosts from NaNoWriMo Past…

Photo from pixabay on pexels.com   This year’s NaNoWriMo novel is tucked safely to rest, but all is not quiet. It is noisy, raucous, rude, and rowdy with stories erupting, brawling, and pleading for me to choose them to work with next. The most pathetic and forlorn of the stories hover around the edges. Hanging… Continue reading Story Ghosts from NaNoWriMo Past…

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Ways to Thrive: Take the Dog for His Walk

Photo by Author, in direct violation of the walk promise   All it took was deliberate blobs of grape jelly. This perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich was built the way my mother used to do it: accidental pockets of jelly in an otherwise carefully built sandwich. Raised during the Depression, she made school lunches the… Continue reading Ways to Thrive: Take the Dog for His Walk

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Ways to Thrive: Sorrow at the Finish Line

It’s the morning after. It’s the morning after closing down a first draft. It feels like a morning after that will last all day. I’ve read about this, I think. Yeah, there was another writer on Medium who wrote about the sudden, desperate onslaught of emotion when you type THE END. She or he mourned the… Continue reading Ways to Thrive: Sorrow at the Finish Line

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When the End Isn’t the End of the Story

Photo courtesy of Lum3n.com on pexels.com I typed THE END THE END THE END across the page, saved everything in several places, closed the computer. That was it for the first draft of my novel. I’d close it down formally the next day, with additional back-up, notes, and ideas for further development. An hour later,… Continue reading When the End Isn’t the End of the Story