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FITNESS FOR WRITERS

I described in an earlier post how, following the pros’ advice to have a designated space set aside especially for writing, I created a nifty writing spot in the now-clean boys’ room upstairs. (All my “boys” are men and have … Continue reading

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QUERY WRITING: JUST DO IT

“Query.” The word even sounds like an upset stomach. Preparing and submitting queries is probably my least favorite thing to do related to writing. Alas, queries are in inescapable part of the writing life! Because “I’d rather not,” I’ve constructed … Continue reading

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CAN’T DO SOMETHING BIG? DO SOMETHING SMALL!

Today is a wash for me as far as writing goes…doesn’t look like I’m going to make it upstairs to tackle my 3-hours-or-1,000-words-a-day goal. I told my daughter this morning, “I am a constipated writer.” All these words inside my … Continue reading

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IN THIS MOMENT

I spent time getting better acquainted with a new friend last week. Something she said really stuck with me: “In this season of life, I am endeavoring to rest in and to truly appreciate each moment that God gives me.” … Continue reading

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DIVINE APPOINTMENT

My family and I made the 4-hour trip to St. Louis last Friday because we wanted to see my son Reuben. My friend Jeremiah made the trip with us because he wanted to attend Preview Day at Covenant Theological Seminary. … Continue reading

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WRITE REAL LIFE

Tip for writers: Incorporate real life places and events into your fiction. The youngest and I were zooming south down Highway 51 at 70 mph Tuesday afternoon, on our way to Dyersburg for music practice.¬†We flashed past something that looked … Continue reading

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CREATIVE EXPLETIVES

(Or, “How to Feel Like You are Swearing Like a Sailor when Your Mama’s an English Major”) “I’m so mad I could spit!” My mama isn’t the swearing kind. She doesn’t spit, either. If she uses a word like “spit,” … Continue reading

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GOOD ADVICE, NOT JUST FOR WRITERS

I’ve written a couple of times in the past few months about my efforts to implement tips recommended by the pros to improve my writing. Today, I want to continue that conversation. In Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life, … Continue reading

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WHY A WRITER NEEDS MORE THAN ONE JOB

So, you want to turn in your two-week notice at work and become a full-time writer? I do, too. However, I can think of a couple of reasons we should both keep our day jobs… To pay the bills. Most … Continue reading

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WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE ABLE TO DO SOME DAY?

“Do what you would love to be able to do some day.” – Douglas Wilson, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life When I post here at the website, I usually try to share something related to my life as … Continue reading

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