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April 21, 2015

I have to thank Elyse Draper for nominating me for this tour, you can find her site listed at the bottom of this blog article, as well as in my Links Section!. Besides being devastatingly beautiful, she is one of the most talented writers I know. Her words have the power to chill the heart […]


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Published on April 21, 2015 16:23 • 78 views

February 25, 2015

Every professional writer I know agrees there is no substitute for a great professional editor. The best editors will not only check for spelling and grammar errors, but also for overused words or phrases, continuity, realistic dialogue, story pacing and a dozen other areas of a book the writer rarely notices. However, they also cost […]


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Published on February 25, 2015 12:00 • 42 views

February 18, 2015

You’ve finished your story and now you’re eager to get it out the door and into the hands of readers. Maybe you let it sit for a week or two before editing, then it’s a quick once-over, fix the obvious errors and out the door. As an Indie author, I know no one is going […]


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Published on February 18, 2015 12:00 • 24 views

February 11, 2015

If you’ve been following my blog up to this point, you’ve already answered what if and why, so where do you go from here? For me, the next question was which genre would best serve the tale. For more than twenty years, I considered myself a horror writer. With one or two exceptions, my short […]


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Published on February 11, 2015 12:00 • 29 views

February 4, 2015

What is the most important characteristic a writer should have? The ability to question everything. Every tale I’ve written began with a series of what ifs. What if a child was thrown into a world where magic was real? What if a young girl is given the most powerful weapon in her world? What if […]


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Published on February 04, 2015 11:00 • 24 views

January 28, 2015

In writing, how much description is too much? Author Elmore Leonard once said: “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” This is great advice and would work perfectly if all readers sought the same things. In high school, I was forced to read many classics. At first, I dreaded it, but quickly […]


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Published on January 28, 2015 10:00 • 25 views

January 21, 2015

Keeping motivated as an author is extremely difficult. Motivation is at a high when writing a first draft. The problem during this time is to stop long enough to take care of bodily functions and social obligations. It is the weeks and months after that initial outflowing that are challenging. By time I’m finishing a first […]


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Published on January 21, 2015 04:00 • 22 views

January 14, 2015

I’ve gotten asked by a lot of other authors about any sort of hints or tips of tricks that I could tell them to help them along.  If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know that I think that writing is a very personal experience, and therefore the process changes dramatically from person to person. […]


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Published on January 14, 2015 02:00 • 21 views

January 7, 2015

First and foremost, I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and I wish you and all those you care for only the best in the coming year. The end of the year is a time for introspection, a winter housecleaning for the mind where we review what we accomplished, or failed to accomplish, and […]


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Published on January 07, 2015 02:00 • 28 views

December 24, 2014

A few weeks ago I wrote about how valuable the Holiday Season is for gathering and storing impressions and emotions. Since then, I received several flattering comments and (blush, blush) a bit of praise. So, like the emotional Pavlovian praise hound I am, I searched my brain for other aspects of the season that can […]


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Published on December 24, 2014 02:00 • 37 views