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Writing Conference Conversations: Agent Rejections and How Not to Portray Lawyers and Police

Welcome back. Thank you so much for your comments after last month’s Blog on landing the right Editor. Beyond the Blog I had an opportunity to attend an excellent Wisconsin Writer’s Association discussion about the process after your novel or […]

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Digging Deeper on Editing

Welcome back. It is starting to feel like Spring, and that is just fine with me. In last month’s blog, I presented two of your questions to my friend, a fellow author (Bristlecone Magic), and master editor, Dennis De Rose. […]

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Questions and Answers about the Editing Process

Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day. Let’s briefly revisit editing. In a past blog, I discussed my 10-step self-editing practice. Many questions followed that blog, most of which had something to do with a professional […]

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Reflections on Recent Days & Writing a Sequel

Welcome back and welcome to 2021. In my December blog, I said 2020 had been a crazy and stressful year. But it is December, and soon it will close and make way for 2021. I suppose I harbored the delusion […]

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This and That!

Welcome back. Today’s blog is about this and that. It is not news that 2020 has been, and continues to be, a crazy and somewhat stressful year. But it is December, and soon it will close and make way for […]

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The Importance of Truth in Fiction

Welcome back. Today’s blog is about the importance of truth in Fiction. Although, my novel, Weepers, embraces truth. I believe, Fiction generates truth independently of fact, and, because of that, Fiction is a better teller of truth than nonfiction. Good […]

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Taking on Writer’s Block During Challenging Times

Welcome back. Today’s blog grew out of talking with several author friends via zoom and email and text exchanges about the importance of truth in fiction. However, it became clear that the more immediate topic ought to be Writer’s Block. […]

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10-Step Plan for Self-Editing: Get out of the way of the action!

Welcome back. Today’s blog, as promised, will consider my third point in the editing process, “get out of the way of the action.” I was asked what the difference was between filler words and filter words. Upon my writing desk, […]

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10-Step Plan for Self-Editing: Part Two

Welcome back. Today’s blog will add detail to my 10-Step Plan for Self-editing. Do not do your self-editing all at once. Again, as we all know, a poorly-edited manuscript is certain death for any legitimate agent or publisher. And it […]

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10-Step Plan for Self-Editing: An Introduction

Welcome back. Today’s blog is brief but essential. It is an introduction to my 10-Step Plan for Self-editing. We will continue to talk about the issues raised here in my August post. So let’s get on with it Never do […]

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