Category Archives: Writing

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My Interview With HarperVoyager

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First Impressions

First impressions are everything! How often have you heard it said that if you can’t grab an editor’s attention on the first page, the rest of your manuscript won’t be read. This isn’t just true of editors either. How often … Continue reading

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Writing More, Blogging Less

Most writers have full-time jobs as well as writing, emailing, maintaining websites,  blogging, tweeting, pinning, Facebooking, linking, and whatever else social networking throws at us! It’s tough trying to make time for friends and family. It’s harder yet to find any downtime. … Continue reading

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Through the Eyes of a Child

Sometimes, we think that children are exposed to so much flashy media stimulus that it is hard to capture their imagination with just books. After a recent preschool visit where I read The Christmas Cats, I passed out bookmarks to … Continue reading

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Critiques

We all like to feel we’ve written the perfect manuscript, but it’s always better to get a second opinion. When you are immersed in the creative process, it’s hard to spot inconsistencies in your own work. Readers will find the holes in … Continue reading

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Cliffhangers

Cliffhangers keep your reader interested. A micro-cliffhanger at the end of each chapter makes your book hard to put down. It yanks the reader into the story and holds him there. When a chapter ends with urgency or uncertainty, it … Continue reading

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Wordsmiths

I love the term “wordsmith.” It implies a level of expertise and creativity that we, as writers, crave. It means never settling for less than the right word in every sentence. There is more to it than selecting the correct word; it … Continue reading

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Technology and Writing

The first time I submitted a children’s book I had to ask my aunt to type the manuscipt for me. Thank heavens, I got a computer soon after that. I can’t even imagine writing a novel on a typewriter. I tweak my manuscripts … Continue reading

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Multitasking

I am working on three writing projects and reading two books at the same time. My conversational ability has begun to suffer with my mind awash in characters, plots, and settings. If you ask me a question, please excuse my … Continue reading

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The Writing Process

My stories first emerge on junk mail, paper napkins, the margins of bulletins from church or theater programs. To begin with they are isolated bits of dialogue, plots, description, or the name of a truly awesome character. Then, like puzzle pieces they start to … Continue reading

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