Song playing right now on my playlist: “Sally MacLennane” by The Pogues. Writing and the Writing Life: Writing Books is a Lot Like Competing in American Idol Sarah LaPolla takes a look at The Hunger Games and how movies end literary trends. The Trend Games Are you missing opportunities? Putting More Into Your Writing Jody Hedlund explores […]

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I’ve been heavily utilizing AgentQuery Connect to hone my query and synopsis and I highly recommend it. Yesterday, though, I was lurking in some of their forums and saw a post about a new social network called AuthorSalon and decided to check it out. Their tagline is: “Where writers work and network, and where agents […]

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Today is #sixsunday where writers share six sentences from their work. I’ll share a snippet from my time-travel romance WIP tentatively titled MUST LOVE BREECHES, which is now out in query land! (You can see the other entries here.) Just found out yesterday that it finaled in the SARA Merritt Contest in the paranormal category. Here’s my new […]

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For those that are already published, this would be no big deal, but this is my first foray into the writing world and so I’m super excited! Just got the email today that informed me that MUST LOVE BREECHES is a finalist (one of three) for the San Antonio Romance Writer’s Merritt Contest in the […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Stray Cat Strut” by Stray Cats Writing and the Writing Life: Dealing with back story in your opening chapter? Linda Clare has some tips: Don’t Look Back: Dealing with Flash Backs Mooderino talks about getting writing advice and how you might be giving or receiving bad advice once a […]

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This past week I’ve been tagged by Jamie Ayres, Cindy Dwyer, and J.M. Blackman in the latest blogosphere meme, Lucky 7. Unlike some other memes, I thought this sounded like fun, so here it goes. The rules are: Go to p. 77 of current WIP go to line 7 copy down next 7 lines/sentences & post […]

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Today is #sixsunday where writers share six sentences from their work. I’ll share a snippet from my time-travel romance WIP tentatively titled MUST LOVE BREECHES, which is now out in query land! Here’s my new pitch/logline: When a thoroughly modern girl finds herself stranded in 1834 London, she must find a way home while navigating the […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Bittersweet Symphony,” by the Verve. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Writing and the Writing Life: Are your characters constantly trying to stand, run, smile? Well did they succeed or not? You could be weakening your prose. Janice Hardy explores this common writer crutch: Do or Do Not. There is No […]

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You’ve finally finished your first draft and you’re ecstatic. You should be! Many aspiring writers never get that far! Go out and celebrate! As many writers will tell you, take a break. Long enough to forget the little details. Week, two weeks. A month. Then do a reread (without editing!) Did you flip out at […]

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