What I Learned from NaNoWriMo

Today I completed 50,000 words, thus making me a #NaNoWriMo2015 winner. Winning NaNo was a goal I'd set for myself a few weeks ago, and I am definitely feeling a sense of accomplishment for having achieved this goal. I'm pleased that I now have 50K words toward my first draft, but the greatest takeaway from …

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Dear Indie Author

Dear Indie Author, Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment. You've written a book, which is an incredible achievement. I'm so proud of you! Unfortunately, I was not able to review your book. I know how important reviews are, so I really hate that I can't give you that glowing, five-star review you were looking for. I …

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That Sneaky Mary Sue

Most writers have heard the term “Mary Sue.” It’s often used to describe those picture perfect characters who do and say all the right things. Mary Sue is smart, beautiful (but modest about it, of course), and people are drawn to her. Good grades come easy for her, but she’d never admit it. That would …

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Time to Read

For those of you who follow my other blog (Authors to Watch), you might have noticed I've been doing a ton of reading over the past few months. Well, there's a very good reason for this. Since moving from Missouri to New Hampshire, I haven't been working outside the home. There's only so much cleaning, …

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Write What You Want

A few years ago, I belonged to an online writers' group where I posted The Claiming Words for critique. For the most part, I received good feedback, but there was one review that really got to me. Good reviews can make you smile all day, but bad reviews tend to revisit you, playing in your …

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