Worry Poster

Where do Themes come from?

Readers are always curious how authors can sit down facing a blank page (paper or electronic), and fill it with a story that engages and intrigues them.  It’s more than characters and more than the plot line. Stories have themes, the building of a crescendo about an issue that is something the audience can relate…

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How to Write a Series

Do you get hooked on a fiction series, loving the fact that you become familiar with a cast of characters or a location? Do you find yourself living with them like they are a group of good friends, knowing you can pick up where you left off a few months before and continue the relationship?…

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The Best Part of Romance

01/17/13 The month is flying by, and I’m hard at work to finish the draft of “Blooms on the Bones”, the story of Tess and Powers in Flynn’s Crossing, before the end of the month.  Recently I’ve heard from a number of people who have been telling me what they’ve liked best about the earlier…

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Feel the Fear

Are you familiar with the old saying, “Feel the fear and do it anyway”?  Research supports the idea that we can turn fears into positive ways to move ourselves forward.  In fact, fear can be a boost to creative processes, particularly writing. I can vouch for the fact that I turn some of my greatest…

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New Year’s Resolutions| 1/1/2013

It’s that time of year again.  Time to whip out the list of resolutions you made just 366 days ago (yes, it was Leap Year) and see how many of them you met – or if you met any of them at all (or if you lost the list but vaguely remember that reducing clutter…

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Billions of Stars

Billions of Stars 12-14-12     One of the blessings of living in a rural area is the night sky.  Last night with no moon lighting the way, no clouds to block the view and the kind of crystal sharp air that only sparkles in the winter months, Carl Sagan’s famed “billions and billions of…

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