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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 #4: Crafting your pitch

If you’ve put away your mind map, take it out again. You’ll need it. This step is less like the traditional elevator pitch–you know, when you’re at a conference and you’re standing in an elevator with a literary agent, and you have twenty seconds (at most) to sell your story to them–and more like a …

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NaNo Prep Day 3: The Mind Dump

If you’re still hanging around waiting for another prep post, dear reader, thank you. Truly. Loyal readers like you keep me going. Life kind of got away from me this past month, and I just bought myself some time to work out the kinks. The life of a starving artist and all that. (Let’s change …

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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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NaNo Prep: What exactly is NaNo?

You might be a seasoned NaNo participant. (Yay! So am I!) But some of you might be confused by all these references to NaNo. I’m here to clear up the confusion. NaNo is short for NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s kind of an international phenomenon at this point, but it …

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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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September 100K Challenge, Mental Illness, and Short Stories

I’ve been absent for all of August not only because editing deadlines smothered me but because I had some personal challenges in life. So, as far as not being consistent, I apologize. I’m moving forward in September with determination. The truth is I’m hurting. I’m filled with sadness and rage, and that makes for a …

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Let’s Do All the Things: A Summer Obit and a Tribute to August

I feel like I’ve been living under a rock for all of summer, which is a shame because summers here are lovely. Hot, but still enjoyable. I’ve been wearing my freelance copy editor cap for most of this year, editing a range of long novels to novellas to even a few short stories, but it …

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Camp NaNoWriMo–July 2017 edition

Funny story, though it’s not so funny as it is perplexing, and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around this whole day. I worked last night, the 30th of June, and I punched out of work sometime between 3:30am and 4am. As I walked to my car, I told my coworker “Happy July.” She …