Turning Plans into Action: (Lots of) Round 3 Goals

It’s time for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days–the writing challenge that knows you have a life! If Round 2 was about cupping an ear and listening, about learning and intensive study, about thought and preparation, then Round 3 is the action stage. In Round 2 of A Round of Words […]

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A Creative Life is a Magical One.

  A clear February night. I gaze up at the stars. I don’t know many constellations, but I can pick out Orion and his belt, bright pinpricks of light staring down at me. A summer afternoon. I sit out on my patio, curled up in a chair, a notebook in my lap. The dog sits […]

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The Importance of Point of View

As writers, we think a lot about point of view. Sometimes our genre dictates what POV we use, although even within a genre we can use our own creativity. Yasmine Galenorn writes paranormal romance that’s first person, unusual for the romance genre where third person is often used. YA often calls for first person, although […]

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Round 3 Goals

Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is here. For me, this round is going to be all about getting some stories out into the world. My novelette The Beltane Kiss just came back from the proofreader, and I’ve added her corrections and started formatting the document. Yay! By the end of […]

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Sunday Summary

I took the beginning of last week off to do some traveling and visiting with family, which means I didn’t blog at all last week. I only wrote two days, so my numbers weren’t huge, but I’m consistently writing 1,500 words a day when I write, which seems like a good pace to me. I […]

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WIPpet Wednesday: “No harm ever came from reading a book.”

One of my favorite movie lines is “No harm ever came from reading a book,” from the movie “The Mummy.” Of course, as anyone who’s seen the movie knows, a great deal of bad can come from reading a book, as the characters soon learn. Today’s WIPpet is in the same spirit: an old book, […]

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Yearly goals: Sunday ROW80 check-in

This year, I have two main goals: write at least 300,000 words, and read at least 75 books. Last year I read about 59, so hopefully I can increase that this year. This is also the first year I’ve kept track of my monthly/yearly word counts; I used to do just daily/weekly word-count totals, and […]

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For Writers: Naming Our Characters

Frodo Baggins. Hermione Granger. Elizabeth Bennet. Daenerys Targaryen. A good character name is both unique and memorable at the same time. Sometimes, as a writer, you meet a character and he or she tells you his or her name instantly. That’s how it was with the shero in my current WIP–Katrina St. George. I knew […]

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World-Building for Writers: Creating a world readers will love

There’s nothing more exciting—and, often times, overwhelming—than creating a fictional world and populating it with an interesting collection of characters, each with their own agenda. A fully realized, richly detailed fictional world can capture readers’ hearts, minds, and imaginations. The world is full of readers who would eagerly receive their letter of acceptance to Hogwarts […]

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2014 Year in Review and ROW80 Round 4 Wrap-Up

2014 is almost at an end, and it’s been whirlwind of a year. My first full year writing full time has been a busy one, and I have plenty of material to revise in the coming year. Hopefully 2015 will see me finishing stories and submitting them. Here’s a quick list of what I accomplished […]

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