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Five Common Plot Problems by C.D. Hersh

  There have been volumes written on plotting. After all, it is a critical element in every story. While we don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, we have picked up a few pointers on our journey in … Continue reading

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Six Tips for Revising Your Writing from C.D. Hersh

      This spring my husband (and writing partner) and I took advantage of a beautiful and unusually warm May day and cleaned two years worth of bird droppings and green mold from the railings and edges of our … Continue reading

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Pareidolia by C.D. Hersh

Hi, it’s Catherine here today, the C of C.D. Hersh. I learned a new word the other day—pareidolia (parr-i-DOH-lee-ə), and I thought it might be fun to share it on the SMP blog today Pareidolia means to see meaning where … Continue reading

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You might be a writer if… by C.D. Hersh

  You might be a writer if   …your book characters are more real to you than your family members. …you buy so much paper and ink you’re thinking about investing in Hewlett Packard or Staples. …you get up early … Continue reading

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Copasetic, Cool language from Can’t Stop the Music by C.D. Hersh

We’ve been thinking about Woodstock a lot lately, as the 50th anniversary of the legendary music festival is coming up in August. “Why Woodstock?” you ask. We grew up in that era and our award-winning book, Can’t Stop the Music … Continue reading

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Risking It All—In Life and Writing by C.D. Hersh

A few years ago we took a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where we stayed at a 100+year-old light house at Big Bay Point. The views were spectacular, the weather wonderfully cool (which was a big bonus after … Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Space Aliens? by C.D. Hersh

  courtesy of openclipart   March 20 is Alien Abduction Day, so we thought we’d start the month off talking about alien abductions and UFOs. And, no, we’ve never been abducted, although Catherine did have a boyfriend who claimed to … Continue reading

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I Hate When That Happens by C.D. Hersh

I-Hate-When-That-Happens Writing is full of challenges, from perfecting the actual craft to getting the book published to mastering marketing. Along the way, if you’re like us you’ve probably had your share of writing mishaps-things you hate to see happen. Here … Continue reading

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First Books … First Loves by C.D. Hersh

  Hi! It’s Catherine, the C in C.D. Hersh. While rummaging through some file cabinets the other day I came across a worn notebook containing my first novel, written when I was in high school. As one might suspect, it … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Lightning and the Lightning Bug by C.D. Hersh

The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the same as that between lightning and the lightning bug —Mark Twain.  We personally experienced Mr. Twain’s quote when the telephone company crossed our phone lines with that … Continue reading

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