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WRITE BY HEART:  Creating stories that pack an emotional punch

WRITE BY HEART: Creating stories that pack an emotional punch

It’s been a rough couple of years and many of us are simply exhausted. Outrage fatigue, pandemic fatigue, crisis fatigue—all manner of fatigue has besieged us. To the point where all we feel lately is numb. At least that’s how I’ve been feeling. And then I watched two...

DEAR SANTA: A Writer’s Christmas Wish List

DEAR SANTA: A Writer’s Christmas Wish List

Dear Santa, I hope this finds you well and safe and enjoying your holiday prep up there at the North Pole. I’m not sure if you’re taking requests from writers during these troubled times, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. I won’t lie. I wasn’t quite as good a...

On the First Day of Christmas…

On the First Day of Christmas…

You know the song: On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me….  Let’s just skip to the last—and best—verse. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Twelve Newfies drooling Eleven Dachshunds digging  Ten Jacks a-leaping  Nine Poodles...

What I Learned from Crime Bake: A Writer’s Story

What I Learned from Crime Bake: A Writer’s Story

There are certain times in a writer’s life when everything changes. You may not see it at the time, but when you look back, you realize that was the moment that changed you, your writing, and your writing career forever. For me, this happened when I moved to New...

Writing Nature

Writing Nature

When I was a very young woman, I heard a writer say that when you set a story in a given place, you should be able to name every bird, every tree, every flower in that setting. I remember thinking, “Uh oh.” As an Army brat who moved at least once a year, I barely got...

Writing About the Pandemic—or Not?

Writing About the Pandemic—or Not?

This is the question I hear all the time from writers of all levels of experience. The uncertainty of life during the pandemic has affected everyone in the book business—writers, agents, editors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, reviewers. We publishing...

Writing Lessons from Lin-Manuel Miranda & Company

Writing Lessons from Lin-Manuel Miranda & Company

We all have our heroes. Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of mine. In case you’ve been living in a cave, Miranda is the Pulitzer Prize, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award-winning creator and original star of HAMILTON: The Musical and IN THE HEIGHTS. So when I heard that he was...

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