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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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Writing hot and cold: My novel’s taking me years

I have been writing a book for about the last seven years or so. I’m about 80% through the first draft. It took me about three years to write the story line, and then another four years to write the first draft. Obviously, I’ve been working hot and cold on it. I really do want …

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Writing touches people: Because I’m a woman and because I can

I feel as if I’m staying in a hotel or at the spa, and I realize that’s the only time I’ve been alone on purpose before. To recharge. But instead I’m at home, surrounded by my things and animals. Feeling, as I watch the planes fly past my living room window on their way to …

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