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Fall Poems

Fall is my favorite time of year.  While I work on my cozy mysteries, I thought I would share a poem I have written in between edits.  Enjoy! Apple cider, pumpkins and festivals galore Fall is knocking on the door Come in my old friend and let me partake Before winter arrives and I put […]

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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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My Writing Journey – A Hobby, A Passion, A New Career

A good friend recently told me not to dwell on yet another rejection of my current manuscript.  She said “It is only a hobby. Not your career.” If I would have kept a journal of my writing path, it would read something like this: I am invited to a creative writing class by a close […]

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My Free Time

In every effort to become a better writer, I spend a good deal of my free time writing.    To make the most of this time, I have implemented several recent changes – I have devoted a room strictly for writing and like a daily job, have a set schedule. While writing, I do not deviate […]

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The importance of a GREAT critique group

I am very fortunate to have found a wonderful group of writers who share their stories with me on a biweekly basis. I have learned many things from these people. Below are my thoughts on what to look for in a critique group whether it be a group that meets regularly or an online critique […]

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Villanelle

vil·la·nelle noun: villanelle; plural noun: villanelles a nineteen-line poem with two rhymes throughout, consisting of five tercets and a quatrain, with the first and third lines of the opening tercet recurring alternately at the end of the other tercets and with both repeated at the close of the concluding quatrain. Line 1 repeats as line […]

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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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Narrative Exposition

This is one area as a writer I am always working on perfecting. Here are a few ways I found to introduce important background information/world-build my stories through: Dialogue Character thoughts Background details Information dump For myself, as a children’s writer, the first two seem to work the best along with sounds and scenery description. […]

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