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EVERYTHING

“Help! I need ideas! What can I write about this week?!” This is a lament heard not infrequently at my house. I write a weekly newspaper article and guest blogs for various websites. I try to share something here at … Continue reading

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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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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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TIME TO CREATE

No, it is not snowing here in Northwest Tennessee today. This picture was taken a couple of years ago. I love this picture for several reasons: I love the girl in the red coat. I love the way snow is … Continue reading

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GOOD BOOKS, SUNSHINE, AND FRESH AIR

In On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King writes: “You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so. It’s hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or … Continue reading

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IT’S NOT FAILURE IF I LEARN FROM IT

When I was in fourth grade, I was in love with my teacher, Mrs. L. C. Nichols. Mrs. Nichols was the sun around which my little brain planet orbited. Mrs. Nichols gave our class a spelling test each week. One … Continue reading

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