Dreams Really Do Come True!

It has finally happened. After a year and a half of sending out short stories and a lifetime wanting to see my work in print, I am now a published author! You may remember me talking about my short story being accepted for publication. I shared about it here and here. Well, now the book…

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What I Learned from Working with An Editor

Editing. That word strikes images of a white page with my ideas on it riddled with the cruel markings of a red pen. You may remember one of my previous posts where I shared the exciting news that one of my short stories is going to be published. What I didn’t share was the terror that…

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The Best Birthday Gift Ever!

Yesterday, August 29th, was my birthday. I’m always thankful to make it to another birthday because tomorrow isn’t promised. This birthday was extra special.  I got the best birthday gift ever, and it came in my Inbox. Can you guess what it is? You’ll figure it out but I will let the suspense build anyway.…

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How to Survive Rejection and Become a Bulletproof Writer

Rejection is brutal. It really, really hurts. But if you’re a writer, it’s par for the course. When you get those standard form rejection letters that don’t even hint at why your story wasn’t accepted, you begin to question whether you have what it takes. You ask yourself why you’re putting yourself through this torture. Who wants…

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Writers Are Readers, Too

I know. You’ve heard it a million times. If you want to be a good writer, you’ve got to read a lot. Stephen King even said that a writer who doesn’t have the time to read doesn’t have the tools to write. I’m a voracious reader. But my reading has taken on a whole new…

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Boost Your Productivity by Organizing Your Writing Space

Imagine this scenario: you wake up (or get home from work) ready to get in that 1,000 words.  You’ve got a great idea and don’t need any motivation. You sit down at your desk and move things around to make room to write.  Then, poof, your idea is gone. Sound familiar? Your writing space might…

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Four Books To Read If You’re Serious About Writing

Are you tired of wasting time reading books about writing that don’t deliver on their promise to help you improve your skills? Me, too. In fact, I’ve read at least fifty books on the craft of writing.  Some stunk. Some were mediocre.  And some were game changers. I’ll share the ones that fell into the…

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‘Cuz This is Thrillerrrr!

Find your voice.  That is probably the most common piece of advice every writer is given. To me, voice is defined by genre.  The writers we love fall into specific genres, (unless they’re just unusually talented and can write across multiple platforms). I have finally found mine. Here’s how I did it. A Major Discovery…

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