Writer’s Block is an Opportunity

If you have ever talked to writers or read anything about writers or attempted writing yourself, I am sure you have heard of, if not experienced, writer's block. I think it's another one of those things that separates the amateurs from the professionals. Where amateurs fear writer's block and often use it as an excuse …

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What I Wish I’d Known Then…

I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to …

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Amtrak Residency–I want to go!!

All the author blogs and tweets are blowing up over the possibility of a Writers in Residence program through Amtrak. On their blog, Amtrak wrote about the first test run (read it here). Now everyone wants to go, and I do too! I have already demonstrated how much more work I accomplish away from home …

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DIY Writer’s Retreat Debriefing

"That Perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library."  ~~Aprha Behn I have now been home for two weeks from my DIY Writer's Retreat, and as this is the eve of NaNoWriMo, it's the perfect time to reflect on what I set out to …

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Do-It-Myself Writer’s Retreat

I have been dreaming of going to a writers' retreat for years. While reading a magazine aimed at those of us pursing a writing career, I came across the idea of a DIY Writers' Retreat. The article (which I have since lost and forgotten all the citation information) gave suggestions for holding your own writers' …

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Why I’m not writing…

On Friday blog posts I am supposed to be writing fiction, or writing about fiction.  Unfortunately, other than sporadic entries in my journal and Facebook status updates, I haven't been writing much of anything. Life has rather flipped upside down. We decided to put our home of over 17 years on the market, and listed …

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Capital Punishment: A New and Improved Decision?

One of the best parts of being a mystery writer is attending Mystery Writers of America meetings. Granted, I’m not a full-fledged member yet, but I’m working towards it and thrilled that they allow unpublished authors to attend. Each meeting of the Southwest chapter has a guest speaker presenting an aspect of mystery writing, the …

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What are distractions, really?

"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet." — Anonymous The Internet is only one of my many distractions. A little over three years ago I naïvely thought that after having been an insatiable reader since early childhood and investing years in studying and teaching literature, I would be …

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Road Trip & Book Signing

I am still on cloud nine. Actually, a friend accused me of levitating in one of the pictures I posted on Facebook. I had the opportunity to meet my favorite living author this week. Part of the reason this is such a big deal is because I have been hooked on Victorian literature since middle …

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Appearances are Deceiving

I had a great time at the Mystery Writers of America’s monthly meeting Saturday morning. Our guest speaker was a psychotherapist who shared information on personality disorders in order to help us develop more accurate, rounded, and dynamic villains. After the presentation we ate and visited. Hanging out with a group of writers is always …

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