Author Archives: Mary Fran Says

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.

Writer Pet Peeve #12

Writers write. We rewrite. And edit. And rewrite again. It’s hard to know when a piece is done. Walk away, come back later with fresh eyes. Then rewrite, edit, rewrite again. Sharing with readers, submitting to journals, entering contests, uploading … Continue reading

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Why Writing is better than Speaking

The most obvious answer is that when I write publicly, I don’t get nervous, my mouth doesn’t go dry, and I don’t trip over my words. Seriously–I’ve been writing publicly for years! And not once have I ever been embarrassed … Continue reading

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You Might be a Writer if…

I was on a writing retreat for four days with three other writers. After a while, I began to notice some communal traits. Following the model of redneck comedian Jeff Foxworthy, I thought I’d share my observations. You might be … Continue reading

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How to Make a Living with Your Writing

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, was the closing speaker for the Indie Author Conference back in November. Funny, personable, and ridiculously adept at making a living with her writing, Joanna writes both fiction and non-fiction. She gave us a bit of background, … Continue reading

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When one chapter closes…

It’s easier than I would have thought to say goodbye to In Print. As a founding member, I guess I let the organization go when I stepped down from ALL responsibilities. I held many titles, wore many hats, and accomplished … Continue reading

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The Prompt Club

The Prompt Club was one of the many things I started through In Print Professional Writers Organization. Based on my earlier experiences with DAWGs (DeKalb Area Writer’s Group), The Prompt Club met once a month and wrote a one thousand … Continue reading

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Perceiving the New Year in 3D

I keep seeing a lot of posts on social media about your “word for the year“. Great words, like STRENGTH, CONFIDENT, RESPONSIBILITY, and CONTROL. Kelly Epperson Simmons wrote a recent blog titled New Year’s Resolutions vs Word of the Year. She … Continue reading

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