Writing

Straight Talk from Editor to Author

Editors do important work. In fact, my choice to pursue traditional publishing has as much to do with getting quality editing for my work as it does to the whole avoiding marketing ideal. (Sadly, there is NO way to avoid that irksome task regardless of an author’s path.) I’ve worked with half a dozen editors. …

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From the Archives: “I’m Not a Playwright”

Republishing a post from the early days of my blog…back when I was earning my college degree and had to write a “Ten-Minute Script.” This was first published on my middleagedcoed WordPress blog on February 9, 2013. What do you think? Words well within me, an unquenchable passion, until my fingers transfer them to the …

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Join the Discussion

Discussion holds the power to enlighten and inform. Of course, it needs to be a two-way conversation where listening happens as often as talking…and from both sides. In our crazy “You Can Do it All” world, it can be difficult to maintain the focus needed to accomplish any task well. That’s one of the things …

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A Glimpse Inside What I’m Writing Now

The cover for the second book in the REFLECTIONS series will be unveiled soon. A Laboring Hand is the story of Jesus told by Martha of Bethany. And it’s a story that’s had a profound effect on the author writing it. I’ve always teased my sister about being bossy, but Martha has taken flak from …

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The Power of Three

With a title like that, this article could be about Charmed or the Trinity or any number of things. Instead, it’s about the way many things are segmented into “just do these three things” and you’ll find success. In the Book Proposal workshop I wrote about last week, the agent/instructor told us a major way …

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Book Proposal Workshop Woes

A professional spends time and money on education. It’s no different for me as an author. I’ve spend money on conferences, retreats, online classes, books and most recently a workshop. This particular workshop claims to show me the best way to write a book proposal. Fiction writers don’t generally have to write proposals. As the …

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Why I’m Not Finished Writing This Yet

It’s that time of month when I’ve scheduled this blog to be a showcase for what I’m working on. Well, what I SHOULD be working on is NOT what I actually am working on. And I didn’t hear much about last month’s share…from the same manuscript. Did anyone even read it? Does anyone see these …

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A Snippet of What I’m Writing Now

Write. Write some more. Right now I’m writing the first draft of the first two novellas in my new REFLECTIONS series. This isn’t the smooth and easy writing of fiction. Because I’m writing a fictionalization. Fiction? Fictionalization? Sounds the same to the average non-author type. Except fiction is something completely formed in my muse’s imagination. …

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The Push to Write Nonfiction

In August, Forbes ran an article headlining the fact that traditional publishers sold more nonfiction than fiction. For an author, something like that might make you wonder, “Am I writing the right thing?” When most people think about writing a book, they either think of writing the Great American Novel or a self-help book about …

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