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Retreat from solitude

Writing is often a solitary profession, and though the Internet can provide us with the networking and learning opportunities we need, nothing compares to getting out and mingling with other writers. I spent the weekend at my local RWA chapter’s annual retreat in a cute college town in Maryland. The mini-conference eats up precious time

My big, scary goal

I couldn’t talk blithely about my goals today without stopping to mention the tragedy in Boston yesterday. My heart hurts for all those affected. It also swells at the stories and pictures of those who raced in to help just seconds after the bombs went off. After such devastation, we need a reminder that most

The best bad grade I ever got

During the second quarter of my freshman year of high school, I got a “D” in a class I easily could have aced: physical education (PE). Why? Because I let myself be swayed by a friend. She was perpetually late for class, and begged me to wait for her while she finished dressing out. So

NaNo OhNo

There’s a lot to learn from participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Usually it teaches me that I can do more than I ever thought possible. It rejuvenates my writing soul and builds my confidence. Plus, I love winning! 😉 But there’s something to be learned from failure too, which made this year’s NaNo

Plotting for NaNoWriMo & Winners

I’ve always thought of myself as a pantser, despite the fact that my left brain generally rules all other areas of my life. So I was surprised to find potential scene lists for my first two manuscripts while flipping through old notebooks the other day. Apparently I did more planning in the early days than

Write fearlessly

What would you write if no one knew you were the author? I’ve been pondering that question a lot lately. Back when I first started writing, I didn’t know anything about the industry, wasn’t thinking about “publish-ability”, and just wrote what I enjoyed. Now I’m pretty sure I reject story ideas before they even reach