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Fiction is About the Cost of Things

Fiction is about the cost of things. The plot should always somehow scar or wound the protagonist and put something valuable at risk. Protagonists suffer. Period. Paying heavy costs make characters relatable. I swear by these statements. Use them to guide your storytelling because it creates stakes, motivation, and tension. Fictional characters take more risks […]

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Yoga for Writers

I don’t know about you, but I spend time every day trying to undo the effects of sitting in front of a computer. Always stretching and bending and taking breaks. Here’s a yoga routine suggested by one of my medical providers from Yoga With Adriene.

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The novels I remember best

“The novels I remember best have empathetic characters whose motives I understand–even if I don’t agree with them–and a plot I can’t stop thinking about. The best novels make me think–that could happen, and what would I do if it happened to me?”  ~ Amanda Patterson

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Reading Deeply and Roddy Doyle

Bleak November skies this morning and the impeachment inquiry is airing on television. These days I feel like I’m taking a law course by following the news and activities across our government. Make that several courses. When I’m reading a new author or a beloved author with a new book out I often research the […]

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November

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End Strong

We’ve had early rains this autumn, but the colors splashed around are russet, lemon, gold and scarlet. I’ve officially turned into one of those cranks who complain about how fast time passes. Typically, October has found me gob smacked because once Halloween is over, the runaway slide toward the holidays seems to pick up speed.  […]

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Talking about writing with Rachel Hanley

I was interviewed by the talented Rachel Hanley. A few thoughts on writing and editing and persevering.  With many thanks and yes, my head shot is dated. Keep writing, Keep dreaming, Have heart

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Ben Okri on storytelling

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection, there is no story to tell. 

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October

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A painterly approach: more on using colors in your writing

I’ve been studying the history of the English language and am fascinated by the period after the bubonic plague of the 1300s.  After the Norman invasion and occupation of England in the 11th century,  French came to be the language of the  nobility, courts, and education.  English, much of it based on Anglo-Saxon origins, was […]

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