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Almost at The End, sort of

Success! I had a very productive Sunday. I wrote 10 pages of my middle-grade novel, including finishing the climactic chapter and writing the first half of the last chapter of the book. All I have left is the second half of the chapter and the epilogue. (The book has a prologue, so the epilogue will wrap…
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Streaming or kinked

I’m still having ups and downs with my climactic scene, but yesterday, I felt as thought I had a bit of a break-through. Every so often, you run into a section of whatever you’re writing that you don’t feel as well as other sections. It’s more difficult to get your head around, more difficult to…
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Goals

In today’s Writer’s Market enewsletter, readers talked about how well — or not — they are keeping up with their 2008 goals, and one reader offered up what I think is a pretty good idea. (Click here to see the web version of the enewsletter.) Thank you Dawn Herring for her idea of setting up…
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Believe in yourself

Yesterday I wrote a sentence. That’s it, just one sentence. It wasn’t beause I didn’t want to write. I was tired — I’m always tired 🙂 — but that wasn’t it, either. It was because I was resisting my next step. I’m at the point in my story where I have to write the big climactic scene,…
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Review for Sir Newton’s Color Me Hawai’i

“Sir Newton’s Color Me Hawai’i,” the second book in my line of children’s travel books, has its first mention on a blog. Check it out here. With print publications having limited space and lots of news to fill it, websites and blogs are becoming a great way to promote your books. J.A. Konrath lamanted the…
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Keeping time

A wonky hose ate into my writing time this morning. I had to water the garden before the sun came up too high (want to avoid as much evaporation as possible) and it took longer than it should because the new hose we bought wouldn’t accept the sprinkler. But I had gotten up earlier than…
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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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