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Fresh Starts & First Sentences by Beth Carter

Happy 2018! Since we’re still early in the new year, assessing our goals, and planning our lofty writing aspirations, I decided to research starts. And by starts, I mean first sentences from a variety of novels whether a classic or … Continue reading

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A Runaway Train

Okay, I admit it. I’m a pantser. I’ve tried—I really have—to come over to the logical side of the novel plotting track. But I just can’t do it. The very thought of outlining my plot is like planning to spike … Continue reading

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THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH . . . by Char Chaffin

. . . Isn’t just Disneyland or World. This summer, for authors who are members of RWA, it’s also the Annual National Conference, the week of July 26. That’s when Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference takes over Orlando and … Continue reading

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BLURBING FOR SUCCESS! by Char Chaffin

  The Back Cover Blurb. Yes, I’ve said it; spoken that dreaded three-word whammy. Back Cover Blurb. By now there are authors blanching dead white and running for the hills as fast as their legs will carry them. Others might … Continue reading

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Change is Good (I think) by Rebecca Heflin

You know the old adage “Change is good?” Well, after fifteen years as legal counsel for a major research university, I decided it was time to move on. Same employer, different role. I’ll admit, I’m not fond of change. Which … Continue reading

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What I learned at RWA this year

It’s August (for one more day), the traditional time for back to school. One of my memories from the first month of school is the “what I did on my summer vacation” essay. So this is my attempt at recreating … Continue reading

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The Eyes and Ears of a Writer

A few days ago I woke up and began my day with a typical morning routine—let the dog outside, brew a pot of coffee, check emails, and so on. With a mountain of tasks looming ahead of me, I scurried … Continue reading

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