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shopping advice from a GUY

Yes, a guy. But not just any guy, my friend Roy who is the president of the Authors Guild. Here’s his message to members. Pass it on! “I’ve been talking

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I've been typealized.

I’ve always wanted to go into analysis but who has time? So I had my blog analyzed instead. It uses the Myers-Briggs matrix. The result is hilarious to me because

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Best of 2008!

Snowfall at Willow Lake is listed as one of Amazon’s “Best of 2008” editor’s picks! I’m so proud and excited. The full list is here. Enjoy!

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November 23 gratitude

Three things I’m grateful for: Google. Let me count the ways. If you need a recipe, type in “recipe” followed by your key ingredients. If you need a map, type

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November 18 gratitude

Three things I’m grateful for: friends who put their trust in me a literary agent who is a fount of clever, amazing, outside-the-box ideas the lovely colors of nature in my garden

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November 14 gratitude

Three things I’m grateful for: WordPerfect. I know it’s not the industry standard anymore but it’s my standard. I’ve used it ever since v. 4.2, and it makes me a

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last word on revision

So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads. –Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss is my hero for a lot of

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coffee time

I love the look of this coffee shop in the fall! Happy autumn! Today’s writing goal: Revise an entire chapter of my novel in a coffee shop.

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Donkey Hote

In the Michael Hauge lecture, he touched on two key types of secondary characters and several types of stories. My further notes: Other characters in your story: The nemesis. This

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the hole in her soul

Note: The Michael Hauge workshop notes begin here and continue here and here. This is the 4th installment. Happy plotting! The INNER JOURNEY is the story told on another level.

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the outer journey

A plot can be divided into 3 acts, and narrowed down to 6 story stages. Stage 1 is the setup, the first 10% of a story (in a screenplay, the

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