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This is a great cover design concept

During a recent visit to Book World, I was browsing the classics section when I came across this: Two different book covers that, when arranged side by side, create a single piece of art. This isn’t a brand new concept … Continue reading

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Playing the role of writer needs to stop being a game

My life is role playing. Yours, too. Think about the roles you play. For me, the title roles are wife, journalist, aunt/sister/daughter, housekeeper, pet owner, writer. Each comes with its own responsibilities and duties. Notice how writer fell at the … Continue reading

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Writing characters you love that readers will love

During her last week of school, my niece’s class voted on their favorite characters in Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets. The runaway favorite was Ruddy, the slightly paranoid cardinal who is convinced everyone and everything wanted to eat … Continue reading

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Giving new life to extinct surnames

There are no more Spinsters. That’s because, according to MyHeritage.com, the surname Spinster is extinct. The last names Bread, MacCaa, Pussett, Puscat, Pussmaid, Bythesea, and Bytheseashore also are reported as being extinct as of 2011. The last survivors carrying the … Continue reading

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Book 1 vs. Book 2: The battle for an indie author’s attention

I’m not a mother yet, but I think I’m experiencing a hint of how it feels to have two kids. On the one hand is Book 1. My firstborn. My toddler. Not even a year old, Book 1 was released … Continue reading

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What every writer needs is space

Last week, a small writing desk was on sale at Wal-Mart. There were some years (not so very long ago) when a $50 purchase was out of the question in our household. We were living on entry-level journalism wages. Splurging … Continue reading

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What to do when you write yourself into a corner

I first heard the advice during NaNoWriMo a few years ago: Always stop writing while you still have ideas so you’ll have a starting point for the next day. It’s excellent advice. We’re told not to tap the well dry … Continue reading

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