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Happy New Year! [The making of a creative life.]

Can we all just agree that 2017 was rough? Whether it was personal or political (or both-definitely both), it feels good that 2017 is over and there’s a clean slate. I debated whether or not to reflect on 2017, since that’s my New Year’s Eve tradition, and I decided it was wise to skip it …

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NaNo Prep Day 2: Choosing an idea

If you’re just joining us, this is a mini-series during October to help prepare for NaNoWriMo in November. You can see past posts in the series here and here. One of the most frequent questions I (and authors in general) get is: How do you come up with your ideas? And the truth is, I have …

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This is what happens when I declare something.

Not more than a week ago, I declared a niche for my writing. I decided to focus on all things spooky and horror and supernatural (in the freaked-out-omg-what’s-that-behind-my-shower-curtain way). And I was really excited when I did this because, let’s face it, October is a great time for spooky stories. Except my Muse was none too pleased. …

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NaNoWriMo prep month [and the Florida vacation]

I just got back from a week in Florida. I took the kids, on my own, and flew to Florida to spend a week with family. We stayed at a condo rental right on the beach–and I mean literally right on the beach. It was our front, back, and side yard. When I landed in Florida–I grew …

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Let’s start over, shall we? [an update and what’s to come]

I’m not really starting over. Not really. Okay, maybe I’m just trying to convince myself because I kind of made a scary move. I declared a niche.   Okay, some of you, especially you authors, are thinking So what? I declared one when I first started writing! But, dear reader, this is a big deal …

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My Writing Process (Or: How I Went from a Pantser to a Plotter to a Plantser)

Over the last few months, several people have come up to me, online of course because I only hang out with my toddlers, and asked me about my writing process. I’d explain a little bit here and there, but I’d never have the time (or energy) to really put the process in words. Again, I’m …

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Welcome Camp!

Welcome! Take a seat and get cozy. We’ll be here all month. By now, Camp NaNoWriMo has surely started in your time zone, and it’s off to the races. Well, word races…uh…sprints. Anyway, I wanted to take a minute to offer some inspiration and reassurance. Whatever happens this month – whether you reach and surpass …