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My Creative Process: Blog Hoppin’

I joined a blog hop with my fellow writers and book sisters, L. Penelope and Nakeesha J. Seneb. They have shared their creative process and now it’s my turn. What am I working on?   I am editing my science fiction thriller, LOGOS.  I am on the twenty-fourth rewrite (give or take) and it’s being read […]

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Form & Structure: How Long is a Short Story? – Daniel Orozco – Do these elements work for creative nonfiction?

I attended the Idaho Rendezvous on Saturday and sat in on: Form & Structure: How Long is a Short Story? – Daniel Orozco Whether a single moment or the span of several generations, the short story can encompass all such various narrative forms. But it must always present certain narrative elements to be called a “short story.” […]

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Widowed Images and a reading of RED MOON by Benjamin Percy

I went to a reading last night hosted by the BSU MFA program. Benjamin Percy was the guest author. Admittedly I went, not because I have read his work but because I am a reader and writer, and I go where I am fed. And I left satisfied. He read a couple excerpts from his […]

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Twist Me a Fairy Tale: Guest Author Jennifer Blackstream

Twist Me a Fairy Tale: Guest Author Jennifer Blackstream Re-writing fairy tales is some of the most fun a writer can have. Digging your hands into a story as universal as a fairy tale and weaving in your own fantasies and quirks leaves you with a creation that resonates on a level you just can’t get anywhere else. […]

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My Muse Broke with my Leg – Overcoming Writer’s Block

My Muse Broke with my Leg – Overcoming Writer’s Block I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe in a creativity block or broken muse but that shouldn’t prevent us from writing. I use exercise to stimulate my creative juices and it also helps me work through story issues.  I can write a complete story […]

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Editing for Dummies – Breaking Your Novel Down by Scene

I spent the month of November writing a novel. Really!  I join almost 400,000 other novelist during National Novel Writing Month (Nano) and wrote something I am very proud of. Now what? You can imagine those 61,000 words are in the roughest of drafts but the story is there and now I just have to […]

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Waiting on Rejection: What “In-Progress” means in Submittable

I’m waiting on rejection.  I’m not looking forward to it but I don’t mind prolonging it either. Why?  Well, I like having the possibilities. Last year I wrote a short piece of fiction that I was very proud of. So proud, that I decided to send it in to a few “big time” literary magazines. […]

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Showing Not Telling Emotion

How many times have you heard “show not tell?”  If you are like me, that phrase has become a fuzzy noise in the background you choose to ignore. I can tell a good story. It is something that comes to me naturally.  I grew up sitting around the fireplace telling stories with my family and […]

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Beta Read: Fantasy Fails with Flat Dialogue – Day 45

Beta Read: Fantasy Fails with Flat Dialogue . I really liked the premise of this story. The setup was beautifully done and the characters were likable but the dialog was a major turn-off.  The conversations didn’t sound natural and made the dialogue come across as flat. The first thing I noticed is the author didn’t use […]

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Beta Read: Science Fiction Story Killed by Filter Words – Day 44

The last two days I’ve been beta reading two separate pieces and like most beta reads I have done, the author’s have requested that I don’t share. Not a problem since there are things I CAN share that I think would be useful to all of you. The first piece I wanted to share I […]

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