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Posts Tagged "writing"

The writer’s spouse’s life

Seems like a writer’s life is always, always sidetracked by writerly imaginings. There I was at a little mom-and-pop restaurant with my hubby, enjoying a Sunday morning omelet.  But oh, no, I couldn’t just engage in a normal conversation with my long-suffering spouse.  I had to spy on the folks at a nearby table. There were five of them, three…

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A game for bookish folks

My friend Amy Wallace has dragged me out of lurkdom by tagging me to play this little game. I’m not going to tag anybody, but if you feel like playing along, please tell us where to find your answers. You can read responses from Amy and some of her friends at her blog. Here are the questions and my answers:…

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Off to Colorado

I’m off to the Colorado Christian Writers Conference this morning. (Yeah, so why am I blogging?) I’ve got a book by Adam Sexton for airport reading (Master Class in Fiction Writing: Techniques from Austen, Hemingway, and Other Greats) and comfortable shoes. I’m looking forward to a reunion with my good friend Sherrie Lord, who put me up to going. If…

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Putting the book-monster together

Here I go again, tackling a monster puzzle. I’ll be tearing my hair out by the end of the week. I’m not talking about a jigsaw puzzle, although we just finished one, inspired by my friend Dee who blogged here about doing a puzzle every Christmas. (Ours is a barn scene in Maine. Nothing spectacular.) My husband and I put…

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Let the symbols live

I’ve finally figured out where the title of one of my novels came from. I think. A couple of years ago, I churned out a fairly strong first chapter and a mess of a synopsis in six days just so I could enter a contest. I almost didn’t enter this particular contest, sponsored by a particular writing group that wasn’t…

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Smuckers and the toe

I had some half-baked, pseudo-intellectual ramblings taking shape in my mind this week, gearing themselves up to become a blog post, but then I went grocery shopping and a two-pound jar of Smucker’s strawberry jam interfered with my toe and with my mental processes, such as they are, and all I can think about is that painful digit, which is…

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Feeling like an auntie

I don’t know this from experience yet, but I’ve heard that authors feel like new parents when they hold their newly published books for the first time. They’ve gone through a long pregnancy, but there it is, finally. A baby made of ink on paper. The thoughts of the author’s heart have gone through all the stages of the writing…

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Ever prayed for a synopsis?

For a week or two now, off and on, I’ve been wrestling with a synopsis–a six-page summary of a novel, written in present tense, for my agent to use in selling the book. Sounds easy enough, except I was also revising the whole manuscript, so the synopsis kept changing. Once the plot finally stopped changing, you’d think it wouldn’t be…

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Revisions and Amy’s chocolate

You want to know why I haven’t been blogging lately? Okay, maybe you don’t care but I’ll tell you anyway: Because I’ve been revising like mad. I took a manuscript that was around 70,000 words and added all kinds of good stuff to it. Now it’s at 85,000 words and I’m much, much happier with it. I’m not done yet….

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Scattered

Yesterday was one of those scattered-in-all-directions days. I really wanted to be writing, especially because I’d figured out a major plot change for one of the novels I’m revising and so I wanted to dig into it. Immediately. But it was our night to host a home-group Bible study, so I had to clean the house, never a small task….

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