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Writing Thursday: Brief Updates; or News From The Trenches

In a bit of a rush today, so I’m going to keep things brief.  But this week’s exciting news is that I’m about halfway through my current desperate hunt for extraneous words in my WIP, The Daughters of August Winterbourne … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Why Not Take All Of Me; or, Reducing Wordiness

For the past few weeks, I’ve been a woman on a mission. I’ve been trying to reduce my work-in-progress, The Daughters Of August Winterbourne (Book I) down to 125,000 words.  The first draft weighed in at around 185,000 words; the … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: A Matter Of Some Delicacy; or, Getting Intimate With Your Characters

First off, my apologies for not getting this posted last night.  For some reason, my netbook just didn’t want to talk to the network last night.  It gets that way sometimes. This is an entry I’ve been saving up since … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Learning and Unlearning; or, Old Habits Do What?

I’ve been deep into editing the first book of my Winterbourne series these past few weeks (as I–ahem–may have mentioned once or twice).  But the other day, when I went to open my file, my mouse pointer slipped, and instead, … Continue reading

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The Good vs. The Bad; or, Why Didn’t I Have A Creative Writing Teacher Like This?

Today, author James Van Pelt* posted a blog entry on good poetry vs. bad poetry over on his LiveJournal.  You should go read it. In particular, his list of characteristics of good vs. bad poetry (in the photograph of the … Continue reading

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And Now The Ball Is Rolling; or, More NaNoWriMo Progress

I just realized, going back and looking at my NaNoWriMo update from last week, that I really didn’t provide much of an update at all.  So I should probably remedy that! As of this morning, I was a few hundred … Continue reading

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Plot Decisions; or Weighing The Possibilities

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 26) I just finished running the last few chapters of the first book of “The Daughters of August Winterbourne”* series past my critique group.  As part of the critique, two members of the group questioned one of … Continue reading

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