Inspiration

Personal Writing Goal: Add Chili Powder and Stir

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I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but I always stress over the first part of my story. Perhaps because I write backward. Well, I don’t really write backward, but the ending of the story usually hits me first, and I work from there. Hence, my struggle with the opening chapters. Really, that is […]

Books

The Road—and Story—Less Traveled

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So, I was talking to a couple of my characters today. Don’t laugh—this is a real thing. And suddenly I realized that they had more to say than I was giving them credit for. This happens sometimes in writing. Especially in a series. When I started fleshing out these two characters, I had pictured them […]

Books

Book Reviews: The Painful Truth

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The manuscript is written. You’ve gone ten rounds with your editor, and you’ve both survived. You’ve made the revisions. Begrudgingly. Formatting has been done. You’ve read it one last time. You hit the button, and the baby has been delivered. Congratulations…it’s a Book! Your marketing is rock solid. And you’re on top of the world. […]