Knowing When to Put the Pen Down

Last weekend I had the house to myself. My husband took all five of our kids on a road trip, dropped our oldest off back at college and visited old friends from the town in Idaho we had lived for 12 years prior to moving to California in 2011. My plan? Clean the rooms of our apartment where I would be spending my time (ie. closing the doors to hide

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Jury Summons and Character Details

Two weeks ago the letter came. “Official Jury Summons Enclosed.” I didn’t think I had lived in California long enough to make it on the list, but I guess it’s one of the rewards I get for being a registered voter. Actually, I don’t mind fulfilling my civic duty. Fulfilling it while my kids are on Spring Break makes it a little inconvenient, but I would have been working anyway,

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Working on Three Books at Once

I feel crazy even saying this, but I really think I need to be working on three books at once. My current work in progress is in revision stages and after reading Rachel Gardner’s Make a Living as a Writer-Part 1, my hunch is confirmed. I do not see myself as a “one hit wonder,” but as an author with several works in progress, and one with a modest, yet

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Writer’s Critique Group, Week 3

I held my breath and bit my lip as their comments came at me unexpectedly. My face warmed at their words. Were they serious? I did my best to smile humbly. This was almost worse than criticism. They not only liked my story, they loved it. And they loved my “poetic descriptions.” Each time they began to read a quote from my work, I felt ready for their comments on how

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What IS my book about?

I know I need to get really good at explaining this. Especially when I am in public, carrying or reading one of the Write Great Fiction books I am studying as I revise my manuscript. My hesitation? How much do I actually give away about the plot while explaining it? What would the back cover of my book say? Here is one of the versions I am working on. No Eye Has Seen…

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New Year, Old Purpose

The past several months my energy and writing focus have been zeroed in on my recipe and diet resource guide for CSID. Though I am honored to help many families around the world and find the need to make healthy and digestive-friendly cooking a priority in my home— my true passion for writing is inspirational fiction. So with the New Year just days away, I am ready to take on

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