Archive for December 2014

A Christmas Message

“And a star appeared and guided the Magi across the desert to Bethlehem, to a manger where He lay sleeping.” The little girl’s eyes were wide as she listened to her mother tell the tale of how the three wise men found Jesus. “How, Momma?” “The star led them.” “Isn’t the desert big?” “Very big.”…

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Writing "The End" on Your Novel

I was once told by a self-proclaimed writing guru that writing the end of a book shouldn’t be an event. That we shouldn’t get all wrapped up in the fact that we finished a book–your first or your fiftieth, that we should simply move on to the next story and plow through that one too.…

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Makes Me Smile

I am one of those authors who read every review of her work from the person who is just learning to review to the old pros. At an early stage in my career I was told never to read reviews, even the really great, favorable ones but, alas and alack, I cannot divert my eyes. To this…

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I Don't Believe You! How'd You Do That?

Lately, I’ve been finding great joy in writing anti-heroes where my main character (or a central character) has some pretty big problems. Double that with a sense of unreliability in the character and that character will have automatic depth. Let’s look at the anti-hero. The character will have a few flaws but will also be the…

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