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In Others’ Words: When Intelligence has Fun

In Others’ Words: When Intelligence has Fun

As a writer, I sometimes focus on the work of it all. Writing the story synopsis. Developing the characters. Putting the fast draft down on the page, scene by scene. And then rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite. Somewhere along the way from synopsis to rewrite-rewrite-rewrite, I forget that, at the beginning, I fell in love with the story and the characters. I stop having fun and get enmeshed in the work.  ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

I’m in a “not writing” phase at the moment. Except the moment has stretched over a number of days. And, while I’m not on a hard deadline, I do have things to write. I have written blog posts … my In Others’ Words posts and other blog commitments. But that’s one type of writing, as opposed to working on fiction ideas. I’m a novelist. I write stories &... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Small Joys

In Others’ Words: Small Joys

Just for today, let’s set aside the word “goal,” shall we? Just for today, let’s also set aside the word “happiness.” (Although I had an interesting discussion about happiness while I was in Breckenridge this past weekend. Another blog post.) Small joys. I want to talk with you all about small joys.  So often I laser in on the goal — whatever goal I think ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

Life is both moments and milestones. Yesterday, my daughter CJ just accomplished a major milestone in a teenager’s life: She got her driver’s license. An hour later, she drove off in my car, heading to a volleyball workout. Did we celebrate that milestone? Oh, yes, yes, we did! Photos were taken and posted on Facebook and Instagram and there was a lot of spontaneous HaPpY dAnCiNg going... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Spending Money

In Others’ Words: Spending Money

  I believe that you can never have too many books. Here’s proof: A year ago, my husband and I did some time-to-get-serious cleaning of closets and bookshelves. I forced myself to part with some books. (When I wrote that last sentence, I originally typed the words “get rid of” but that sounded so callous.) I cried when I had to give those books away. Yep. I did. I’ve a... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

It’s the most natural thing in the world to applaud when someone does something good, isn’t it? Well, yes … and no. I love to attend Broadway shows. I don’t hesitate to start the applause after a moving duet or rousing dance performance. I’ve clapped my way through more school productions than I can count, not to mention sports competitions, and even some favorite mov... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The “How” of Criticism

In Others’ Words: The “How” of Criticism

We all face criticism at some point in our lives. As an author, I invite criticism into my life — sometimes known by the kinder, gentler term of “feedback.” Every novel I write goes through several rounds of edits where my editors tell me what’s working and what’s not working. My Preferred Readers — a small, select group of women — also talk me through my ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Once Upon a Time …

In Others’ Words: Once Upon a Time …

Once upon a time … there was a writer on deadline. Me. My deadline is five days away. And so, certain things are getting ignored. Like laundry. And cleaning the house. And yes, this blog. Thank you for understanding. I’ll see you all next week, after I push SEND on my latest novel.     Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Practice and Purpose of Journaling

In Others’ Words: The Practice and Purpose of Journaling

I started keeping a journal because Miss Gooley, my freshman English teacher, required it. Besides our regular assignments — reading, writing papers, taking quizzes and tests — students in Miss Gooley’s class had to keep a journal. Miss Gooley would read our entries, make comments, return our journals, and we’d repeat the process, all year long. Decades later, I’m sti... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear

In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear

You know how someone says something and their words just reverberate in your mind and heart for days afterward? That’s what happened to me this past Saturday when I attended a local writer’s group. Author (and friend) Cara Putman spoke to the group via Skype and early on she said, “Let go of the fear of being wrong.” Cara said a lot of other valuable, insightful, encouragin... Read More »

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