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November

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12 Reasons to Join NaNoWriMo

I. We think quicker than we write. Writing fast helps you catch up with your brain, empty your swollen imagination. II. Breakneck writing is energizing and immersive. Once you’re into your story, you fall into enchantment, fall away from the ordinary world. When you take breaks for life’s necessities you long to come back to […]

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Always noticing….

It’s stopped raining and the morning sky is almost cloudless and a dusty, pale blue. In the Pacific Northwest we sort of skipped autumn and jumped into winter. Usually September and October are our finest and most golden months. Not this year, rains have battered the region, and even brought tornadoes to the coast. But […]

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Important advice in our times….

You can supply the adjective here; turbulent, troubling, divisive…. I believe profoundly in continuing to read and think and communicate in sophisticated ways, especially when the problems we  as a world are dealing with have never been greater. It couldn’t be more important. ~ Jennifer Eagan You can find more about Eagan and her stories […]

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Hiatus is over

Dear readers who stop in here, Wanted you to know that my hiatus from blogging is over and I’m back to inspire, nudge, nag, and encourage. I’ve got some great tidbits about writing planned for you that have simmering in some lovely recess of my brain.  I’m doing much better after a major surgery and […]

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“This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold, and the heat and rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush it all away in a climactic symphony of colour and scent is – in my opinion, one of the best parts of living on Earth.”  – Victoria Erickson

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Location, location, location!

As a follow-up to the workshop I taught last weekend at the Willamette Writers Conference, here are tips and hacks for creating a fictional world that resonates and causes things to happen: The spirit and traditions of a place are not just inert background or the canvas to showcase emotions; it is part of the […]

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First Plot Point is a Humdinger

Plot Points are your linchpin scenes and there is no story without them.A plot point is a fulcrum and here it shifts the story from one act to the next. They’re planted periodically in a novel or screen play and push the story forward. ›Act 1 sets up the story then closes with a plot […]

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Act 2: without the sagging, dead ends, and wrong kind of disaster (as in boring)

I’m teaching at 10:30 this morning at the Willamette Writers Conference. For today’s schedule check here. For more information on the workshops I taught this weekend, please check back. Oh, and if attended my workshops, do drop me a line. Would love to hear from you. The conference, as always, was high-energy and brimming with […]

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The Writer as Prop Master

I will be teaching a workshop Prop Master Extraordinaire at the  Willamette Writers Conference today (8/13) at 3.30. You can find the complete schedule here. Today’s stories are visual and props help bring them to life. A prop is any object that can be moved and includes clothing, furniture, cars, and guns. Personal props are […]

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