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Last week, I gave a detailed account of the first half of my revisions process – the fun and creative but sometimes arduous task of making sure the actual story is just right. Plot and character development must be nailed down before I waste time on anything else. After all, it’s in that phase where I make the most profound changes and there’s no use spending a lot of time on perfecting the words of a sentence or a whole paragraph that might not be there later. We left off with my WIP in the hands of my first round … Continue reading


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I hope you had a beautiful and heart-warming Christmas weekend. I love this in-between week of little work and lots of playing with friends and family. This year is especially fun because we’re actually going somewhere. Woohoo!!! Since I’m swamped with laundry and packing, I just have a moment to share this week’s post over on my writer’s blog. Last week, I provided an outline of my revision process and this week I get into more details about the first half. If you’re a writer, you may want to check it out. That’s all for the week. Have a safe … Continue reading


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Mention the word “revisions” around a group of writers, and you’ll get a mixed chorus of “ugh!” and “squee!” It’s true – some writers hate revisions while others love them. Those who hate them say they prefer the creative part of the process and hate getting bogged down with the technicalities of grammar and sentence structure and rewriting the same sentence 23 times before getting it exactly right (only to end up deleting it in a later round). Others say they love giving their stories that beautiful polish, knowing that every change is making the story and the writing better. … Continue reading


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National Novel Writing Month (November) has ended and now there are people all over the world asking, “Now what? I wrote a whole book. What do I do next?” Well, first, CELEBRATE!!! Finishing a book is a huge accomplishment. The saying goes that everyone has a book in them. That may be true, but not everyone wants to write a book. Of the millions of people who do want to write one, only a fraction actually start. And of those who start, only a small fraction actually finish. So you are basically one in a million! Or, at least, one in … Continue reading


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This week, in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I’ve been sharing something each day that I’m thankful for. Today, I want to give thanks for my gift as a writer. It’s difficult for me to say “talent” or even “ability,” because those seem to require quantifying, which I can’t do. But I can say that I’ve been given a gift. That writing is the thing God has given me to contribute to this world. It’s something I enjoy doing and others are willing to pay me to do, whether with money (so I can pay my bills) or with appreciation and … Continue reading


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