Category Archives: Writing

Reading Out Loud

No, I’m not talking about audio books. I’m talking about my writing process. Let me take a step back and explain. Readers of this blog must realize the creation of a book has many parts and pieces. It begins as … Continue reading

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What Will You Do When Your Characters Misbehave?

When I first heard this question at a creative writing workshop, I was tempted to say that I intended to firmly hold onto the reins. A neophyte with no literary credits to my name, I couldn’t imagine characters actually misbehaving … Continue reading

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On Exploring Creativity

It is never too late to explore creativity and launch second, third, and fourth acts in life. Here are three strategies that have helped me on my writing journey: Listen to the God (or Goddess) nudges in your life. If … Continue reading

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How Many Eyeballs Does It Take to Make a Book?

We live in an age in which a person can write a book, type “The End” and immediately  publish it on multiple platforms. That’s one look from one set of eyes. The next person who sees it is the reader. The … Continue reading

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Authors are told to write what they know. I need to research! (this post appeared for a few minutes by accident in January…)

How does a writer immerse a reader into their story? Whether the backdrop’s Victorian England or contemporary Montana, pathways arise through scenery details and responses specific to each character. Dialect, weather, cultural nuances, and tools or technologies expedite the journey. … Continue reading

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The Four Tendencies for Writers

Earlier this month, I participated in a WFWA (Women’s Fiction Writers Association) webinar with writer Brigitte Russell. An educator, Brigitte has a Ph.D. in history and has taught at both K-12 and post-secondary levels. In her work for the New … Continue reading

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Being Thankful

This month I suspect many bloggers will deal with the topic of thankfulness or gratitude. After all, it is the season. And in spite of the fact that I haven’t been able as of yet to meet my grandson who … Continue reading

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PLOTTR: Is It Right for You? by CiCi Cordelia

As Cheryl and I have been upping our CiCi Cordelia game, we find ourselves on the lookout for new tools and ways to improve our creativity. Especially since we have decided to continue writing in the nineteenth-century Western Historical world … Continue reading

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Retirement, a Mixed Blessing

As I review this post, I think a warning is in order: This situation is almost, though perhaps not entirely, a woman’s issue. A writer friend of mine recently retired from her day job, thrilled to have so much more … Continue reading

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Characters Gone Wild

  I guess it’s both the actress and the psychotherapist in me, but my ears always perk up when I hear someone say, “but that was so out of character for him (or her).” Yet now that I think about … Continue reading

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