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  For years my first book sat in a drawer, never getting past Chapter Three. I had edited those chapters until there was no more to do. I was stuck. Then, someone told me about National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo … Continue reading

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Being the author of three published books, I have done more book signings than I can count. When I first started, the pressure of succeeding overwhelmed me. My publisher, Evan Swensen of Publication Consultants, helped to calm and focus me … Continue reading

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I love dialogue between characters. For this author, dialogue is the most fun part of writing. This is the way I, and most other authors, advance a book’s storyline. That said, no interesting book is written without description. Yet description … Continue reading

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Characters are the backbone of every story. It follows that they must be developed. More, they must be believable. So, how do I develop believable characters, you ask? Here’s a list of ideas:                 Research your characters. You can do … Continue reading

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 I have enormous respect for authors of reference books for other writers. There is one in particular that I go to time and again—The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood. If you are having difficulty beginning your novel, or if you’re … Continue reading

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