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Keeping our focus

Tom Colvin has an interesting post on his Becoming a Writer Seriously blog. Called “Writing For an Audience of One,” the post suggests that instead of trying to write for the masses, to write for “success,” we instead aim to write passionately for an audience of one. Think of that one person who would be…
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Day by day

Got up a little late this morning, at 7am instead of 6 because my tired brain didn’t even register that the alarm was going off until 6:30. But, despite the late start, I managed to whip out four pages before my husband got up. Some days, the words flow, the story zips along at the tips…
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Just for fun

A friend sent me one of those long emails filled with funny pics and captions of animals doing human things. I thought a few were quite appropriate for us. Enjoy: This is us when we’re seeking inspiration. This is us with writer’s block. This is us with severe writer’s block. This is us after a…
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Up at 6

Setting the alarm for 5am worked. I got up at 6am. Of course, when I actually woke at 5 I felt pretty awake, but my comfort and knowing I hadn’t planned to get til 6 made me hit snooze. Oh well. Before I got down to work on the novel, I remembered I had to…
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Making the time

I’ve been writing my middle-grade novel for about a year and a half, on and off at first. But after attending the SCBWI national conference in Los Angeles last year, I left with a commitment to do better. The difficulty is, when? The days are filled with the work, the evenings with family. The fiance…
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Filling our ponds

Sometimes your characters won’t leave you alone, and at other times, it’s as though they’ve gone on vacation. Some days, you can sit at your computer (notebook) and whip out 10 pages in a couple hours. Other days, to get 10 words out feels as though you’re trying to drag a house up a very…
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Welcome!

First post, an introduction. I’m like most aspiring novelists: busy. Juggling a day-job/first career, housework, cooking, life in general can be exhausting. But the amazing thing about writing is not the stringing together of words to make sentences — well, that too — but the characters, who talk to you when you’re walking the dog, shout…
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