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Inspiration

Today I will… These three words are a part of my daily vocabulary.  I grew up in a family who made daily lists of things they needed to accomplish.  In recent years, I’ve noticed that I have passed this trait on to my children (perhaps a good quality to have?) Where does inspiration and ideas […]

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Synopsis

A brief summary, an outline of the plot of a book, play or movie. What should be in a synopsis?  There are many answers to this, but I have learned that a successful synopsis must have certain key elements. Exposition (setting, tone, characters and any other facts necessary to understand the story) Dilemma (conflict) Climax […]

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One Final Blast of Winter

As Mother Nature blasts the North East with one last blast of cold and snow reminding us all of nature’s power and quiet beauty I stay indoors and sit in front of my computer for hours on end trying to finish the list of resolutions that I made in the New Year before spring and the joy […]

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Logline / Tagline

Motivated by discussion and information gathered from the wonderful writers in my biweekly critique group I took upon myself the task of writing a logline and a tagline for my current manuscript (short story-mystery).  Below are some tips for what is needed to write a good (great) logline.  I gladly pass it along. Logline vs. Tagline Logline – one to two sentence description […]

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Tis the Season

Everyone is busy rushing here and there. All for a day that comes but once a year. In a society consumed with competition instead of brotherly love. Remember to stop and give thanks to the one above.   During this season, daily writing is worth it in the long run. Even if it is next year before […]

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Unreliable Narrator

I recently started delving into a new genre of writing – adult/new adult fiction. When writing my recent manuscript, I decided to use an unreliable narrator. Thought I would pass on websites that provided definitions/examples I found helpful. Thank you Writer’s Digest and Education Portal. Happy writing! Text from Writer’s Digest article: When we select […]

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Personal Essay

The purpose of today’s blog is to repost an article that helped me as I wrote a personal essay.  I feel this article reaches beyond personal essays and applies to all writing.  Thank you once again Writer’s Digest for the great article and your inspiration. http/www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/how-to-write-a-reader-friendly-essay

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Inciting Incident

Inciting incident is the spring board that drives the story forward – causes your protagonist to act. This week in my writing critique group we had a great discussion about inciting incidents, where they should occur in the story and can you have more than one. Below is a great article I found regarding inciting […]

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Writing is a trip to the amusement park

When I think of writing, this metaphor comes to mind. Writing is a trip to the amusement park. On sunny days, ideas flow through your mind like people at a crowded park. When it is rainy, ideas like rides shut down. The process of writing and a roller coaster are filled with exhilarating moments, steep […]

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Cat and Mouse

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