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Dan Vanderburg

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As a sixth generation Texan, Dan Vanderburg, an author of four published novels and a collection of short stories and poetry, loves everything Texas, especially Rangers Baseball, Cowboys football, Texas history and country music. He's a Navy Viet Nam veteran. Dan entertains himself writing Texas historical fiction novels, young adult fantasy novels, humorous short stories and poetry, and hanging out with family and friends who love to laugh as much as he does. Dan is currently working on "Extraordinary Adventures of Max Malone: Tales of Texas," a fantasy historical novel.

In addition to Dan's activities as a novelist and poet, he is an accomplished lecturer and trainer. He speaks for social, fraternal and business organizations, and for chu
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Dan Vanderburg The best way to deal with writer’s block is to keep writing. Perhaps you’ve hit a wall. You don’t know exactly where your story is going from where…moreThe best way to deal with writer’s block is to keep writing. Perhaps you’ve hit a wall. You don’t know exactly where your story is going from where you are at the moment. There’s gotta be more to your story than the current moment. Your imagination has already told you of other things that will happen later in the story. Go to those places in your story and write about the things happening there. Who knows, perhaps something you write about an event happening later in the story will flag something in your mind and jar loose whatever had you blocked about an earlier event in the book.

Another method to blast loose writer’s block is to stop, take a breath and review your plot. If you haven’t done so already, graphically draw a time line of major events that you know will happen in the story. (What happens first and what happens next). Then between each major event note any little events or activities that may happen between the major events. Use your imagination to let cause and effect tell you what could happen next. For example, if event A happened, then event A could have caused event B to happen.

It also may help you to do a thorough personality analysis of your main characters. On a piece of paper, define the value systems and personality characteristics of your main characters. Break it down to as detailed level as you feel necessary so that you will know how your different characters will react to certain plot issues, events and twists. You must know your character as well as you know yourself. If your character reacts to a situation contrary to his value systems or personality, you should have a good reason for him or her to do so.
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Dan Vanderburg Personally, I really enjoy the creative process. I enjoy setting my mind free to imagine. Here I am, an old guy, well into what most consider the…morePersonally, I really enjoy the creative process. I enjoy setting my mind free to imagine. Here I am, an old guy, well into what most consider the retirement years, and I’m playing pretend. “Pretend you’re the bad guy and I’m the good guy and I’m gonna chase you around the rock and then we fight, OK?” So I still get to do that. It’s fun! I get to do it all day if I want to. There is absolutely no limit to what I can imagine and write down and then tweak those fun things into a story that other people might enjoy. So now I can get other people, hopefully many other people, to play pretend with me. It’s kind of like being Peter Pan; while I’m writing, and creating a story, I really never have to grow up. I create. Creating can be a powerful thing. I can be powerful, (in my own mind, of course) when I write. OK, all silliness aside, writing is fun. Then there is the editing –– not so much fun, but extremely necessary to turn a raw, sometimes poorly written first draft, riddled with errors and oversights into a polished literary piece. (less)
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Strange & Sweet – An Anthology of Short Stories and Poetry by The Granbury Writers’ Bloc

I am honored to have several of my short stories and poetry published in the Granbury Writers’ Bloc anthology Strange & Sweet.


Strange & Sweet short stories and poetry entice you to grab your pipe and magnifying glass and dive into these twisted tales of mystery and suspense. Prepare for a good belly-laugh as humorous stories unfold. Sneak into the unknown, spooky or just plain weird as you read the...Sweet.


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Dan Vanderburg Vanda wrote: "Hi Dan. Thanks for the friendship and nice to meet you."

Hi there! Hope your having a great week! Thank you!
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Vanda Denton Hi Dan. Thanks for the friendship and nice to meet you.


Sandra Thx for friending me! :)


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Dan Vanderburg Thanks for accepting Kira! Glad to see you here.


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Kira Hawke Hey there Dan! Thanks for the friend request - I recognize you from Twitter and it's nice to see a familiar face. :)


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