Category Archives: Writing & Writers

I wrote 40,000 new words in 14 days with Fast Draft

I didn’t write 70,000 words as Candace Haven insists is possible. Still, I have 40,000 words added to my novel that I didn’t have when the Book-in-a-Month class started  May 25th. After 14 days I switched to the second half … Continue reading

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Fast Draft Class – can I write 70,000 words in 14 days?

I just signed up for an online writing class called The Book in a Month Club, taught by Candace Havens. It was a spur of the moment decision,made without any research or consideration.  I saw a positive mention of the class, … Continue reading

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Promises to Keep by Shayne Parkinson

Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This review is not just for Sentence of Marriage, which is the first book in Promises to Keep. I just finished the 3rd book, the ending of a … Continue reading

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Story-a-Day OR Scene-a-Day

This past month of the A-Z Challenge has been fun! Posting six days a week keeps my mind working and my typing fingers nimble on the keyboard. Unfortunately, my “real” writing projects haven’t progressed much in the last thirty days. … Continue reading

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I Should be Writing

My writing buddy, Lori Robinett, posted this picture to my FB page. It was intended as inspiration, or a friendly reminder, to get on with my novel.  Instead, it reminded me that I wanted to be sure to catch the … Continue reading

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Checking the Details

“Use Grammarly to check for plagiarism because yo mama didn’t raise no cheater!” My Mama didn’t raise a cheater, either, but it is so easy to clip and snip online, sometimes I lose track of exactly whose words my snippets came from. … Continue reading

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He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti My rating: 3 of 5 stars He’s Gone breaks all the “good writing” rules and gets away with it. It’s written in first person. We are told to limit the number of times we use … Continue reading

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S is for Spring and Senses

A phrase we hear often as writers is “Show, don’t tell.” One way we can do this more effectively is to include descriptions using all five senses. Sensory words paint vivid pictures that relate to the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, … Continue reading

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Q is for Quitter

The temptation is always there. Why not just quit? When a job gets hard, when I have to struggle and push myself, there’s always this little part of my mind whispering you don’t have to do this. Just quit. Do … Continue reading

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M is for Missouri Memoir and Mama

I was born in a little Missouri River town.  Here’s a snippet from my memoir. All hell broke loose and kept on coming when Mama found the snakes in the oven. The first snake was bad enough. She was just … Continue reading

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