The Writing Life

When the Other Girls Make fun of Your Shiny Black Pants

Filed in Everyday Life, The Writing Life by on August 31, 2015 5 Comments • views: 962
When the Other Girls Make fun of Your Shiny Black Pants

I have fond memories of shopping for school clothes with my mom. Usually sometime in the month of August, she would help me go through my closet to see what clothes still fit, and we’d separate those from the ones I’d outgrown so we knew what I needed for the upcoming school year. Then came […]

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4 Ways Publishing a Book Changes Your Life

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 24, 2015 0 Comments • views: 635
4 Ways Publishing a Book Changes Your Life

My younger brother and I have a running joke between us. He’s a pilot in the Air Force. He’s got five more years to give back to the service before he can decide if he wants to stay in and retire or leave and work in the commercial sector. He’s not worried about it, because […]

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3 Things Writing Taught Me About Living Your Purpose

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 16, 2015 2 Comments • views: 620
3 Things Writing Taught Me About Living Your Purpose

Can you learn things from the characters in your stories? I have. Take Adrienna Vedica, for example, the main character in Rise of the Sidenah, my young adult fantasy. Even as a child, Adrienna is drawn to sculpting things. She uses wood, as that’s the only raw material she can find, until her young mentor […]

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What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

Filed in The Writing Life by on November 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 313
What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

I’ve attended several writing events this year. Conferences, awards dinners, signings, etc. At every one, without exception, I heard one thing: writers complaining. It’s an easy habit to fall into. This isn’t a cushy career, by any means. We have a number of challenges in front of us, from the blank page to the rejection […]

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Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Filed in The Writing Life by on June 17, 2014 0 Comments • views: 304
Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Situation: I’m in the second draft of my work in progress. My characters travel across country, from Iowa to California. Dilemma: I’ve either a) never been to the locations where my characters stop along the way, or b) it’s been so long the places are dim in my memory. Solution 1: Research via the Internet. […]

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