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Writing Diary #7 & a Short Story


Now that the first book in my Trouble with Men series has launched I can focus more on my other projects. I’ve been working on the edits I received from my editor for book 2, The Trouble with Scarecrows, and I’m also working on the 2nd draft of my YA fairy tale inspired novel – …

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Writer’s Playlist


Here’s a fun list of songs for all you “Crazy” writers out there. It’s difficult to know when to stop editing but eventually you have to “Let it Go.” Just remember “The Waiting is the Hardest Part.” And “It’s a Long Way to the top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)“. Whatever you do, “Don’t Stop …

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Two Years of my Writing Journey


 It seems crazy but it’s been a little over two years since  I started this blog.  My first blog was aimed mostly towards using fairy tales as inspiration for stories, but when I started this blog I wanted it to be more about my adventures in writing as a whole – which doesn’t always include fairy …

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I Forgot to “Save the Cat”


After getting comments back on my work-in-progress from a critique partner, it was clear that she hated my main character to the core. Of course, I defended my reasons as to why I had given her a Scrooge personality. For one, she is actually the antagonist in the first book so I had to stay true …

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How to Defeat Writer’s Block with Lies and Deceit


There is no secret as to how you finish a novel, you just steadily work on it: page by page, chapter by chapter, day by day. I write 4-5 days a week. And I pretty much follow the same ritual. I write in the mornings when it’s quiet. I drink 1-2 cups of very strong …

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Writing in Silence


As everyone is writing this month either for NaNoWriMo,  or like me, working on a work-in-progress, I’m curious as to if you must write in silence, listen to music, or need a noisy coffee shop in order to write. I’m a silent writer: no people, no television, no music. There are a couple of reasons …

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Rough Draft: the Good, the Fair, and the Ugly


After reading through and making notes to the rough draft of my novel, I scored each chapter on how well I believed it flowed and how much work was still needed. Right now, I’m on chapter 6 (Fair) and I really like how this tiny bit of information has helped me as I approach each …

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