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October

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Quick take: secondary characters need to shine

“Treat all your secondary characters like they think the book’s about them.” ~ Jocelyn Hughes  

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Writers can Change the World

Every time I leave home more autumn colors are blazing and flaming, transforming the countryside. A few times when I was in my car on back roads I just wanted to keep driving into the changing light. Like millions I watched the Kavenaugh hearing this week and like many millions I joined the important conversations […]

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Word of the day: glean

GLEAN: Original meaning was to gather grain left behind by reapers after the harvest (Middle English). These days it has come to mean gathering information or other resources bit by bit, with some effort or to gather gradually. With thanks from Robert MacFarlane. Keep writing, keep dreaming, keep collecting words

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Word by Word: Is Anglo-Saxon the answer?

We had our first significant rain since June on Tuesday and yesterday a rattling, loud downpour smashed down along with thunder and lightning and made you grateful for your roof. Phew. As you can imagine, nothing is more welcome during wildfire season. I’ve also got friends and family in the path of Hurricane Florence, so […]

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September

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Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writing

I write lists, I love lists, I live by lists. Writers’ lists of advice distill hard-earned wisdom and common sense.  I don’t always agree with their suggestions, but am always curious about what other writers have learned about craft and butt-in-the-chair sticktoitness. I’ll be adding some of my own lists here in the coming weeks. […]

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Hooked: The Dropper by Ron McLarty

We’ve got a few days respite from the heat here and the wildfire smoke that was choking our region has dissipated, though fires are still burning. The good news is that one fire to the east of the Cascades is nearly contained. Ron McLarty wrote one of my favorite all-time novels, The Memory of Running. […]

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Amp up Tension Word by Word

Here’s a project I’ve been playing with –1130 words that will amp up tension in your writing. Because no tension, no propulsion. Because no tension, no unease in your readers. And you want your readers worrying, fretting, wondering. Not to mention frayed nerves. (You’ll find more information on tension and how to achieve it in […]

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