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On Not Writing – NaNoWriMo

Happy Veterans Day! I’m a 22 year vet of the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. On this day, I salute all of my former and current brothers and sisters in arms. Be proud of what you do; I’m … Continue reading

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Why Writers Can’t Disconnect From The Internet

Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time researching crazy stuff… If I ever get in trouble with the law myself, like so many of my characters do, I hope I think to trash my computer, iPad, smartphone… … Continue reading

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On Writing: Back in the Groove

Late last April my mother came to spend a week with us as a vacation away from home and obligations for herself and as a time to see our new home and what all we’d gotten ourselves into since the big … Continue reading

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The Worst Advice I’ve Ever Heard About Writing

There’s lots of advice out there about writing and about how to be a better writer. Weather it’s about formatting or about the craft, most of the conventional wisdom is just plain bad.  Here are my top five, numbered for the … Continue reading

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The 5 Best Blog Posts on Writing I Read This Past Week

Writers are readers. Unfortunately, most will tell you, when they’re in the middle of a new book, reading books is something they don’t get to indulge much time in. They may check out the news, read a blog post or … Continue reading

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The Places Characters Take You – Hitched and Tied

The best-made outline for a novel – or, in my case, the best-made template for one – sometimes gets sidetracked by where the characters take the author. For example, when I first contemplated the story line for Book 2 in the … Continue reading

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On Writing: Having More than One Protagonist

My first book, Relic, has two protagonists, Dana and Mel. Before writing the book, the story in my head was all about Mel. Typed out, it was longer than a short story but less than acceptable novella length. It just didn’t … Continue reading

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On Writing – Developing My Own Writing Process

There are two kinds of fiction writers in the world, ‘pantsers’ and ‘outliners’. When I wrote my first mystery, Relic, it was by the seat of my pants. I was most definitely a pantser. I knew the story that I wanted … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Indie Author

So what’s it like to be a self published, indie author? What does a day in the life of one look like? I can’t speak for everyone, but I can certainly give you some idea of what my average day looks … Continue reading

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On Writing: Using the Amish in a Story

There are pockets of Amish people all over the southern half of Ohio. In the southeastern quadrant of the state and to the east as far north as Canton, you can find them wherever you can find tillable countryside. They are … Continue reading

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