Category Archives: Writing tips

What Kind of Mouse are You?

We have had a mouse problem. Goodness! We usually get a mouse or two in the fall. We live in an 1840′s  log cabin on 46 acres. What else would we expect? But this year they just keep coming. Now … Continue reading

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Getting into the habit

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait … Continue reading

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Too much salt?

I just filled the salt shaker, forgot to tighten the lid, then salted some bread crumbs. Yep, it was like the old summer camp routine. Half a shaker of salt ruined the breading and I had to start all over. … Continue reading

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Six silly ways to save time for writing

I know I’m preaching to myself, but maybe some of you can find something useful here, too. 1.  Reduce the number of times you check sales of your books and novel rankings on Amazon from 923 times a day to … Continue reading

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Reacting to Critiques

How do you know if the things your critique partners marked on your current manuscript are right or if what you had to begin with is better? 1.  What is your gut reaction to the critique? If it is a … Continue reading

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Newton’s Laws of Motion and Writing

In his third law of motion, Isaac Newton said that when two bodies interact, the forces are equal in force and in the opposite direction. Sort of reminds me of the “rules of writing.”  Okay, so just about everything reminds … Continue reading

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Leave it Out!

As an artist I often leave things out of a landscape painting to make a better picture. This is art. I want to give a certain impression and those high tension power lines marching across the background, or that batch … Continue reading

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Writing Lessons

Mary E. Ulrich has written books on autism and is an aspiring romance author.  Mary looks for lessons on writing everywhere and she found some as she read George R. R. Martin’s series on Ice and Fire. The first book is … Continue reading

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Boring! Skip This Part!

From “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” all the way to “Tomorrow is another day!”  there are memorable lines in books and movies.  Some lines tell you what is coming such as, “Once Upon … Continue reading

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What Editors Want

Here is a list from that same conference on why editors accept a manuscript! 1.  Fresh, new, page turner. 2.  Cute meet. 3.  Characters three dimensional, larger than life hero, feisty, sassy heroine. 4.  Well established, strong conflict. 5.  Sensual–in … Continue reading

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