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I made it home from a fun but exhausting road trip last week and the first thing I did after stepping off the airplane? We went to Apple and bought MacBook Pros. We’d hoped to do this before I left so I wouldn’t have had so many problems while I was gone (and neither would my biz partner, who was left to run the companies with failing computers), but patience became a virtue. They say that happens. So although we had our computers picked out weeks ago, by waiting, we were able to get a better deal. This weekend, I … Continue reading


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Since Friday, I’ve been in hotel rooms and family homes, some with good internet, most without. I’ve also spent over six hours a day in the car, driving only half the time. The plan was to get some writing – well, revising – done whenever I had a chance. Things haven’t gone as planned. Go figure. My failing laptop only has a battery life of about an hour these days, so just as I’m getting my groove on in the car, the screen goes black. By the time my brain wakes up enough in the morning to even focus on … Continue reading


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We’ve heard it time and again – “Kill Your Darlings!” It sounds like such a psychotic phrase. Kill my darlings? As in my babies? These sweet little things I’d give my life for? No, no, NO! Not your human darlings. Sheesh. So what darlings are we talking about? Your writing darlings. (Which can sometimes feel like our human babies, I know, but they’re not really. Human, I mean. You know that, right?) I’ve discovered over the years that this phrase has several different meanings. Killing the Darlings Everyone LovesI think the first time I ever heard “Kill Your Darlings” was … Continue reading


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Katie at Creepy Query Girl and I must have been on the same page this weekend. Or in the same book. Or maybe not, since there are a lot of published books that could be counted in our thoughts. What are those thoughts? That story comes first, then comes the writing. Katie says premise. Same diff, in this case. I was reading a book this weekend by a major author who’s been published several times. TV programs have been made from her books. This is no small-time, self-published author. And there are phrases such as: He whispered  in an urgent … Continue reading


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My little experiment worked! Or at least, something did. I finally finished draft two of Genesis. Will I use this method before the first draft, as Whitcomb does? Meh, probably not. I’m too much of a pantser to use it for every scene, especially if not written yet. But it is a new tool to add to my writer’s toolbox. Maybe it’ll help you, too. Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to hear your results. Have you discovered any new tools lately? How did they work out for you?


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