Show Don’t Tell

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What Does “Show, Don’t Tell” Mean? Good writing tends to draw an image in the reader’s mind instead of just telling the reader what to think or believe. Here’s a sentence that tells: Mr. Jeffries was a fat, ungrateful old man. That gets the information across, but it’s boring. Most writers who tell tend to […]

A Writer’s Journey

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Figuring out how to get stuff done as a writer can be the most frustrating part of the writing. We all have personal weaknesses that draw our focus away, wasting valuable time. Sometimes, it’s more helpful to put our focus into short term goals rather than long-term projects. Sometimes we need to take time off […]

Merry Christmas

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As I sit in my favorite chair, drinking coffee and working on my current novel, I realize I’m truly blessed. Although this year has been challenging, I have a loving family, great friends, and a supportive writers group, albeit online for the time being.   Writing never came easy. In fact, it had been elusive. […]

Don’t Bore Your Reader

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A writer I’ve known for years asked me about an interesting topic. Why do readers abandon a book they’ve started? This is a great question and topic for discussion because I’m sure most, if not all writers have asked this very question. You pick up a book you’ve been drawn to. Maybe it’s the cover […]

June Newsletter

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June is one of my favorite months of the year. The month of June was most likely named for the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and the well-being of women. … June 20th is the summer solstice, which heralds the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the day with the most hours of daylight. […]

April Newsletter

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There’s nothing I can say about the corona virus pandemic that hasn’t already been said. When I was in the Navy, we had an expression: the Sailor is a person who runs into harm’s way so others don’t have to. The same can be said for health care workers who run toward danger and not […]