Category Archives: Writing

Travel Days are the Worst

Funny, I had to do a search of my site to make sure I hadn’t already posted this blog. Because I think about it EVERY time I go somewhere. Travel Days are the Worst. The Rutger’s Conference was by far … Continue reading

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Our Thing

A couple of years ago, my conference going friends and I decided that we needed a change of pace. We’d been attending the Writer’s Institute in  Madison for several years. The conference had treated us well, but we were feeling … Continue reading

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Free Time, a short story

I was talking to a reader about my novel Pocket Money yesterday and in a slip of the tongue, it was called Pocket Change. That reminded me I had written a short story titled Pocket Change. Pocket Money is a … Continue reading

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Does Word Count Matter?

Word count for novels comes up frequently at my meetings and conferences. Yes, there are guidelines. There are averages and expectations. Agents, editors, and publishers might actually give you a number goal, but I hold to the idea that the story … Continue reading

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5 Tips for (New) Writers

After a decade of serious writing, classes, conferences, workshops, critiques, and six novel publications, I don’t consider myself a “new” writer anymore. But, that takes effort. I mean, I have done this stuff before, am still doing it, yet every … Continue reading

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REJECTION!

As you may recall, my parting pet peeve last week referenced not being notified that my submissions had been received. It’s hard enough to commit to entering a contest or submitting to a journal without wondering if your entry has … Continue reading

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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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