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An Excellent Writer Can Still Write a Terrible Story

Photo by Wedding Photography on Unsplash She is exceptionally talented. One of her sentences can stop you dead in your tracks, reduce you to admiring puddle. Turns of phrase are quicksilver, perfect and lightly placed. Scenes are vivid. Setting is a swift slash of words, enough to know where and when we are. However. She wrote… Continue reading An Excellent Writer Can Still Write a Terrible Story

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One Way to Make Sure Your Story is Worth Writing: Send It Into the Woods #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Photo by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash She blew in with her story, her dog, her big ideas and forceful optimism that it was time for me to write her story. Who was I to argue? I’m just the writer. I’m the person who’d been working hard and well on a completely different novel, one in which… Continue reading One Way to Make Sure Your Story is Worth Writing: Send It Into the Woods #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

creativity · dogs · walking · writing

Ignore White and Fluffy At Your Peril

Author Photo, disturbing his rest I’d come to a dead end in my story, so I took my old dog on a long walk. My dog knew it was coming. All the signs were there: long pauses broken by dark mutters; frustrated paging back to figure out what went wrong; determined arranging of pens, markers, notebook. Initiating… Continue reading Ignore White and Fluffy At Your Peril

creativity · NaNoWriMo · On Writing · Uncategorized

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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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