Writing

The Notebook

I have a short story contest deadline in a few days, and I have been wracking my brain trying to find a short enough idea for this 1250-word contest. I’m great with 10k words, but a piece that’s under 2,000 is tougher for me. (Hey, I talk a lot; I write a lot.) I’ve also been straightening up …

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Writer’s Insight, Q2’18-Indie Publishing Part 2-Overwhelmed is an Understatement

My “Word of the Day” on Tuesday was OVERWHELMED. My target release date for the 1st installment of my Living Between Dreams series was fast approaching, and everything that I didn’t know about publishing was on my “To Do” list. How do I use this InDesign book template to format my paperback? How do indie publishers …

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Writer’s Insight, October: Copyright Permissions

While I appreciate and respect laws, especially copyright laws, I don’t know everything about them. That’s most writers, unless you’re also in the legal field.  The most that I’ve learned about the law I’ve learned from re-runs of Law and Order and Drop Dead Diva (which, FYI, did an episode about copyright infringement with a “50 Shades”-like novel). …

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Free story Lemonade Stand: Micro-Essay

Today’s  selection is a micro-fiction/personal essay that I wrote for #PaperDarts’ 2nd annual micro Fiction Award.  (Click here for the link to the award description.) I missed the deadline for the award, so I thought I would publish it here for you. Enjoy!

Writer’s Event: Local Critique Group Meeting 10/14

If you’re local to Charlotte, NC (or know a writer who is), the Mountain Island branch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library is having its October Writer’s Group Meeting on October 14, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Guest speaker will be from Park Road Books to talk about bookselling.

Writer’s Insight, August: Starting Over Doesn’t Mean Looking Backward

So, if you’ve been following my blog for the last month, you probably know about my latest struggles with my first novel manuscript. But in case you need a quick refresher: Feb 2017— Beta Reads and feedback. Major rewrites needed for first half of book Mar-Apr – Did the major rewrites on first chapters for a contest …

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