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Back to writing: Why are my characters being rebellious? They’re just fictional, right?!

I read through the first draft of my novel. I have 68 pages done and about 40 more to come I think. I’m beginning the most intricate part of my novel, the ending. When it all comes together. Or when the shit hits the fan depending on how you want to look at it. As …

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Expressing our inner questions: Writing and reading as therapy

Writing was something I started as a very young girl. I could read when I was four and my earliest journals started after my best friend was killed in a fire when I was five, he was only six. That was not something I could make sense of. I wrote from the age of five …

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The hot and cold of novel writing: Is it writer’s block or inner growth?

I have written about 80% of my first draft. And then stopped. I’m not sure why. My characters are moving through my head, and sometimes I even hear them speaking to me, but for a few months now I haven’t worked on my novel. And it’s been in the works–from scene weave to first draft–for …

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Use your voice and your word: You’re more powerful than you know

The speech that Oprah made at the Golden Globes was so very important. Not only for young girls watching the show, but for everyone who has ever been victimized in any way. She is an amazing speaker, and respected by many because of her outstanding accomplishments and her unending search for the truth. And coming …

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Using plain language in self-help writing connects writers with their readers

Sometimes when I read self-help books, I have trouble with the language the writers have used to express their ideas. I’m a writer who is firmly in the simple language camp, and I’m not impressed when writers use flowery language or three-dollar words (as my mother calls them) to sound as if they “know” more …

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Writing in a cafe: Freelancing perks

I’m going to go edit in a cafe today. When I have paper edits to do, I like sitting and sipping my tea and working. There’s a nice cafe that I went into yesterday for the first time (good chocolate cake!), I’ll give it a try today. It’s conducive to serious thought with interesting interruptions …

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