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Chopping off the Fish Head

I have been waiting for several months for the latest revision to perk a bit on the back burner before jumping back in. Just before I turned in my manuscript for the SCBWI conference critiques, it hit me. I had it all wrong. When my husband goes fishing, he has the presence of mind to […]

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Prompt me?

Last night’s SCBWI meeting was great fun. Pat Miller brought writing exercises from her favorite writing books. She sure can pick ‘em – both the books and the exercises were terrific. Her handout featured a neat quote: Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day. – Norman Mailer […]

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Touchy Feely, that’s me. I love to plant things in my garden that have tactile attributes, so you’d think that putting things like this into my writing would be easy. Velvety soft lamb’s ear, the smooth crisp sides of the aloe vera, spikes and shoots of the red yucca. But it isn’t always that simple. […]

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I talked about the benefits the Auditory sense brings to your writing when you read it out loud,  but there is value in adding this sense TO your writing. I am not talking about, “It sounded like a herd of elephants running overhead,” although that too has a part to play in stimulating the auditory […]

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Last week I wrote about Writing in the Open, doing character sketches in public places. I said then and I’ll say it again, I don’t use those sketches for my fiction, but they serve as wonderful writing practice. That does not mean that people I meet by chance don’t turn up later in my writing. […]

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Writing in the Open

I love doing character sketches. When the children were small, I’d take them on an outing and while they were playing in the sandbox, or the ball pit, or on the swing set, I would pull out a notebook and jot down a character sketch of the Nanny putting her children into the Cinderella Carriage […]

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