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Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Filed in The Writing Life by on June 17, 2014 0 Comments • views: 364
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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When the Stray Chicken Came, I Never Expected This

Filed in Everyday Life by on August 5, 2015 5 Comments • views: 1495
When the Stray Chicken Came, I Never Expected This

I have a stray chicken in my yard. I live on about an acre of land surrounded by agricultural fields. You could say I live out in the country, though the town is only about fifteen minutes away and the land around me is all cultivated into wheat, potato, corn, and alfalfa fields. My nearest […]

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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: 711
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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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: 1075
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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Three Cool Things Writers Get to Do That No One Else Does

Filed in The Writing Life by on October 1, 2015 0 Comments • views: 981
Three Cool Things Writers Get to Do That No One Else Does

This blog was originally written as a guest post for a fellow writer, Cathleen Townsend. Please see the original at her website, “The Beauty of Words.“ There are a lot of things that are difficult about the writing life. Writers struggle with self-doubt, must wear many hats to succeed in the industry, and require a […]

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3 Ways Writing a Book Transported Me to the Twilight Zone

Filed in The Writing Life by on October 18, 2015 0 Comments • views: 1093
3 Ways Writing a Book Transported Me to the Twilight Zone

This post originally appeared on writer and director Lisa Kirazian’s blog. Please see her page for the original version. Think of the Twilight Zone, and words like “other worldly,” “spooky,” or “magical” may come to mind. Most likely you’ll imagine something with no rational explanation. And of course, there’s that popular theme song. (Do-do-do-doo…do-do-do-doo…) I […]

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Why NCW is the “Goldilocks” of Writers’ Conferences

Filed in News by on April 28, 2016 3 Comments • views: 1474
Why NCW is the “Goldilocks” of Writers’ Conferences

Have you ever attended an event that you would describe as “just right?” I had the privilege of doing just that last weekend. It was the Northern Colorado Writer’s Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. I attended this same conference two years ago and had a great time. It Started in 2014 I’ve gone to a […]

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