Books

The Subjective Life of Writing

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As my next book is about to begin promotion, I thought I’d reflect a little on the journey so far. I’m sure that those of you who aren’t writers will think: what does this have to do with me? Well, in life all roads usually diverge at some point, so hear me out. Maybe you’ll […]

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Striving for Authenticity

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Until recently, I’ve never had writers block. I was one of those lucky souls, sailing from word to word without a care. Probably because I didn’t have many worries. Then a series of events happened in my life, turning my world upside down. And a funny thing happened. I wrote a bad first draft. Hemingway […]

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Balance is the Goal — And the Reward

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I’m a neat freak. I’d venture to say, my family probably thinks I have a fixation. Or they used to. Up until a year ago, I performed a little ritual every Friday. I’d haul my ass out of bed, gather all my supplies, and clean my house from top to bottom. For hours. Drawers were […]

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My Advice: Write it Down!

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Since I’m all about the help these days, I thought I’d share a little advice that most of you already know. But it bears repeating, so hear me out. I enjoy the freedom of being a writer. Immensely. I carry an iPad, a MacBook, and an iPhone, all synced together with their nifty little “keychain” […]

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The Business of Writing

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I’ve thought a lot about what it means to be an author lately. I’ve never been totally comfortable with the title. I’ve preferred to label myself a “chick that writes,” as opposed to a writer, or, heaven forbid, an author. This infuriates my editor to no end, by the way. She is a teacher of […]

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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 […]