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I’m not doing so well on my goal of reading one craft book a month. But it’s not that I haven’t been reading. I have! It’s just been a little slow going with life’s events and getting two books ready for publication. It also has to do with the book I’ve been reading – Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that it’s a bad book or boring or anything so horrible. Most of you have already read this book and know it’s actually quite the opposite. It’s one of the best craft books … Continue reading


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Or you could call this when a pantser tries to plot. I used to be a pantser, or, really, a hybrid. With Promise and Purpose, I let the characters tell me the story, but I had an idea of where it was going and some of the major plot twists. I kept a notebook with scribbles so I wouldn’t forget my ideas when the time came. With the third book of the series, and probably the rest, however, I had to plot. Switching teams was a big step for me because it terrified me, but it turned out well. I … Continue reading


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   I think I might have switched teams. The other side really seems to be working out better for me now. But I feel so guilty. I see my old team staring at me with mouths open, unable to believe that I would betray them so blatantly. “Don’t leave us! This is the fun side where all the exciting stuff happens! You’ll hate it over there – it’s so rigid and conforming. You’ll miss our chaos, our uncertainty and our passion! You said you’d never leave us again!” Yes, indeed, I did say that. I said I’d never be a … Continue reading


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Let me start off by saying that when I started this blog (actually, many moons before, fighting the idea with claws and fangs out), I had two fears: 1) I had nothing interesting to say and would bore the tears out of my readers; and 2) not enough time. The good news is I’ve created this great list of blog topics that continues to grow every day and each idea sounds more exciting than the others, all vying for my attention. Of course, they’re fighting PURPOSE, its sequel, my day job and that herd of monsters for that attention. Which … Continue reading


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