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Practical insights for writers from author and developmental editor Jessica Morrell

Cathy Lamb:How To Create Compelling Settings In Your Books.

Build settings that encourage your readers to think, to be inspired, to dream. What if…what if I started painting again? Building again? Writing? Making a collage? What if I changed my life? What if I became a new me?

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Inner Logic

Does this happen to you? You’re reading along in a novel written by one of your favorite authors and you feel yourself somehow slipping out of the story. Or, you’re stopped, puzzled or bothered by an action or dialogue exchange that just doesn’t feel right. As if it doesn’t belong in a story or the […]

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Quick Take: Get into your body

Our minds are crowded little places and we too often sit at our computers our breaths shallow and shoulders riding high. Or, after hours spent alone in your head it feels like an echo chamber. Yet your inner knowing is connected to your heart beat, your breath, your bones. The more you write from your […]

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Bitter Truth: It’s best to play nice

Play Nice…. Because if you don’t, the sad truth is that it will come back to bite you.  I’m no Miss Manners, nor a saint, never will be, never aspire to be. I’m opinionated, I interrupt, I procrastinate, and I complain too much. This is just a small sample of my maladies.  So we can […]

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It’s August….

          And the year is spinning away. Days are growing shorter and the glittered-up glories of summer are fading. If summer has weakened your writing practice or made you foot draggy; if no splendid hopes  keep you at your desk, take heart.  Forget all those writerly maxims and get back at it. Here’s how:   […]

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Panhandling

“Along with a great deal of sensitivity, you need to develop and practice the habit of noticing: a flicker of a facial muscle that suggests anger; the tone beneath words being spoken; the movement of wind in the linden trees; the bagging at the knees of a pair of pants; what your grandmother’s apron smelled […]

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Write From Your Soft Parts

©Jessica P. Morrell “Tears are words that need to be written.” – Paul Coehlo           Church scholars are uncertain about the identity of Saint Valentine. The confusion exists because there are several  Valentines who are linked to February 14. It’s commonly accepted that is that he was the bishop of Terni; he was beheaded in […]

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Bitter Truth

(a new short column whereby I dispense harsh truths about the writing life. Because sometimes we need harsh) Writing can be an inky, bottomless dungeon of frustration. As it should be. Rewards that come easily aren’t always the most satisfying. Most activities in life will not require multiple revisions, begging for a chance in the […]

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