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For The Writer Who Needs A Break

Vacations are wonderful things. Can we all just agree on this one fact? Everyone loves a good vacation. But not everyone has the time—or the money—to take that week off, or buy that plane ticket. Been there? I have. Some months, rest is much easier to fantasize about than it is to actually accomplish. Writer, […]

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Herb-Woman

Rose hips grow by the wooden gate, red fruit already wrinkling in the late-summer sun. I pause with my hand on the latch, gathering a few and storing them away in my apron pockets before I go inside. They smell of hot wind and dust, but brewed into a syrup, they’ll cure cough and treat […]

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For The Writer Who Is Having Doubts

I have a question for you. If I was to meet you in a coffee shop, and we were to sit by the window to watch the rain or in the corner where it’s private and cozy, and I was to ask you to tell me about yourself, what would you say? Would you start […]

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When Hope Is Painful

I ended up in Target this week. I didn’t actually set out to go to Target. Nor, in fact, did I have anything I intended to buy. But it was early and I was in town and waiting for someone and nothing else was open. So I ended up in Target, reminding myself on repeat […]

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For The Writer Who Needs A Jump-Start

Getting started is hard. Whether we’re seasoned writers beginning a new project or new writers taking the plunge and learning to stretch our wings, getting started is an intimidating prospect. A whole, enormous story with complex themes, characters, and settings, all waiting to be inscribed on paper by you—the author. Without your brilliant ideas, your […]

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Over the River and Through the Woods . . .

Okay, there’s no river. But there is snow! This is the view of my path through the woods, and if you look really, really close, you can see my little cabin hidden away in the trees and almost buried in all the snow we’ve been getting lately. It’s my secret place. My writer’s cabin. My […]

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The Writer’s Guide To Mental Health

“Writers, this cannot be right. Our mind is capable of so much—spinning tales that can make people cry or laugh, creating characters that become best friends to the people who read our stories, and building entire worlds with complex civilizations and landscapes far beyond anything in the natural world. The potential is unlimited. So why, […]

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For The Writer Who Needs A Fresh Start

Oddly enough, I started my writing journey with a failed story. Weird, right? I tell people all the time that the only way to fail as a writer is to quit. I fully believe that every story has potential, and the worst habit a writer can get into is dumping their current work-in-progress for a […]

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Imagination Buddies

Have I mentioned that I belong to a writing group? Because I belong to a writing group. We’re imagination buddies. It’s the best. Once a month—or two or three months—we get together, eat chocolate, and talk about our lives. And plot points. And stubborn characters who never listen or do the things they’re supposed to […]

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A Writer’s Guide To Catching Dreams

I’m going to tell you a secret. I have never had a scene or a chapter in my many books come out exactly the way I planned it in my head. Isn’t that strange? Even after seven years of writing, eight books, and nearly two million words, I still can’t capture exactly what it is […]

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