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It’s all in my head

My husband caught me standing in front of my computer staring off into space once. “What are you doing?” he asked. Me: “Working.” I’ve been doing a lot of that kind of work lately. Hours and hours of it. It’s directly related to the revise-and-resubmit letter I got from an editor a couple weeks ago.

Why dogs are like writing

My kids once argued that they could never be bored if they had a dog. You can probably guess how that worked out. But I feel the same way about writing. I can never be bored when I have a story to work on. Writing’s been keeping me engaged for three years now. In fact,

NaNoWriMo Is OvEr

NaNoWriMo is over! And I did it!! Some people wonder why I torture myself, ignore my family, shun the dog, let my house go to hell—well, more than it already is—and s-t-r-e-s-s for 30 days just to get some extra words down. Why? Because the things I learn about myself are priceless. I can actually

The Hauge

Which screenwriting consultant is on retainer to Will Smith’s production company? Which story expert can spot your novel’s flaw in six seconds flat? Who can help you take your story to a whole new level? Michael Hauge. If you’re not familiar with his Six Stage Plot Structure, check it out here. I was lucky enough

Surviving NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is a marathon for writers. With a super-stretch goal of 50,000 words, what can you do to get in shape now? These are the things that helped me win last year. Prewriting: If you do any prewriting (e.g. Character sketches, exploratory scene writing, outlining), get it done before November 1st. Even if you’re a

Kung Fu writer

There really are people who can take you down with the flick of a wrist or the twist of a foot. I met a few of them in person over the weekend when I attended the Chi Lin Kung Fu reunion. My instructor and a dozen or so Kung Fu masters were there. What an