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The Repercussions a Character Name Change Caused

I hold tight to the belief that problems are opportunities, like recognizing there was a wrongness to Riparia’s character in Book 1, Trust in the Forgotten. Yet, I couldn’t identify it because, on the surface, there’s nothing wrong with the … Continue reading

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Letting it Sit – Becoming My Own Beta Reader

I’m currently continuing my revision map edit of Aramon Daughters, the sixth book in the Kovenlore Chronicles. The entire experience, including two recent problem chapters, prove to me, yet again, that letting a story sit for a while gives me … Continue reading

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Using a Rolling Playlist while Writing

I love music and it’s a huge part of my writing experience. In fact, I consider it a vital tool, especially playlists, and none more so than the rolling playlist. This post isn’t about specific music, but instead how I … Continue reading

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Editing a Series: Using Last Books to Edit the First

There are serious advantages to drafting an entire series before editing (if possible), not the least of which is, quite frankly, time. Time for the writer to gain skills. Time for the world to evolve. Time for characters to grow. … Continue reading

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The Wild Ride That’ll Be 2023

This is the goals post I’d hoped I’d never have to write, but here I am and here it is. That sounds awful, but in the end it’s all positive. No, I’m not giving up writing, but I am facing … Continue reading

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2022? Refusing to Surrender Resolve

The year, 2022, had its challenges, but I still managed to accomplish the goals I set in January. My biggest challenge awaits in 2023, but that’s for next week. This week is a review, and just a little boastful. Some … Continue reading

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Determined Relaxation

DO and there’s satisfaction in doing, but also risk of burnout. DON’T DO and there’s rest, but also the risk of stagnation and guilt. On any given day we alternate between doing and not doing, doing meaning following our writing … Continue reading

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Defeating the Self-Editing Monster

The self-editing monster is a fearsome, gruesome beast that inspires gut-churning apprehension in all who stand in its way. Hours become years as you wither away with only a dusty dictionary as a companion. Cue the candelabra, drafty room, and … Continue reading

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My Writing Journal

The year wanes so this is a good time to talk about my writing journal, which I’ve referenced, but never fully explained. Too, I’m about to retire it to become reference only — after FIVE years. It began as a … Continue reading

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The Accomplishment and Gratitude Relationship

The Thanksgiving holiday has passed here in the US, ushering in a time of quiet reflection as I emerge from a difficult period in my life. I say quiet because I’m someone who avoids Black Friday and most of what … Continue reading

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