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A Moment of Creative Spark

Plot origins, where do they come from? The sparks that are mine come from a multitude of sources. They’re also elusive after the fact, dreams lost after waking if I don’t hold tight to them. That’s especially true of my … Continue reading

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A Matter of Trust

I take my story titles quite seriously. Of the five for Riparia’s series, four are derived from the same scene in Bk1, Trust in the Forgotten. Where, though, does that one come from? It’s a product of the the novel’s … Continue reading

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Power of the Narrative

I envy those who write well-structured, professional blog posts with carefully crafted points and lovely headings. I read a handful of them daily for writing advice and am grateful for their skillfully presented information. That style, though, doesn’t suit my … Continue reading

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Structure Within Structure

Structure within structure. Simple. So then, why is it that sometimes I have to have an out-of-body experience and slap myself to remember what I already know? It began a couple of years ago when faced with developing Riparia’s Bk4. … Continue reading

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Reading Your Work: See it, Be it, Live it, Say it

At least at some point when editing, read your work in progress aloud. That’s common wisdom, excellent wisdom. For my part, though, it’s incomplete. All prose isn’t the same. Take this blog post, for instance. I draft on Tuesday, edit … Continue reading

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Riparia

A child of the riverbank, of the river, the Sentinel, it was called. In a child’s mind there was no time, but time there was to learn to climb, and so she did, scaling the rock along the water’s edge. … Continue reading

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2021: Editing, Worldbuilding, and Maybe More

These are uncertain times, but my purpose in 2021 is anything but uncertain. That purpose includes editing and catching up on the worldbuilding I’ve ignored for too long. Apply myself and I’ll be that much closer to publication. The General … Continue reading

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In Defense of Editing

In high school, oh how I detested editing, though then it always included rewriting. There were no laptops and desktops. I had an old manual typewriter, all my school papers had to be written by hand. Thus was my dislike … Continue reading

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My Accidental Accomplishment

Okay, a little fun this week (and a look at what a healthy writing habit can do for you). It is the end of the year, after all. Too, after the year we’ve had I need a joyful glance back … Continue reading

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The Drafting/Editing Transition & the Evolving Revision Map

So, I promised a few more details about how I approach the transitionary period between drafting and actual revising and here they are. These aren’t rules. What follows is my generalized approach. As the word implies, I’ve ceased to view … Continue reading

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