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Versatile Blogger Award

Y’know, I write because I love it, because I can’t ignore the characters and stories in my head.  I’m also a teacher at heart, hence the blog –when a writing tip helps someone in their own writing, or they just learn from my mistakes, I feel warm and fuzzy and tingly all over.  Which is why I love comments (and wish there were more – hint! hint!). I wouldn’t have said I needed any other outside validation, but when it came two days ago, I glowed until bedtime.  My little blog, trying hard to entice emerging writers to come learn and share, has received The Versatile Blogger Award.  Wow.  On the other hand, since this blog is all about writing, I’m not sure how versatile it is.  Maybe it’s me that’s versatile? In any case, a big shout-out and thank you to Diana Murdoch, writer-blogger extraordinaire and new blog/Twitter friend, who … Continue reading

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6 Ways Your Friends Can Help You Write

Friends can be stumbling blocks to your writing:  interruptions, temptations & invitations, not to mention occasional put-downs and other negatives.  But your friends can also further your writing, whether they know it or not! 1.  Borrow your friend’s mannerisms or quirks to make a character come to life. Does she wear heavy jewelry or too much make-up?  Finger a locket when she thinks of an old boyfriend?  Does he have a horse laugh?  Tell hilarious stories that begin with, “but that’s not really how it was?”  Does she jump high, punch the air, or do the hokey-pokey when she’s excited?  Use judiciously, though – you want to add characterization, not make your friend the character. 2.  Tell him or her what you really think.  Admit it, there’s that one thing you’d love to say, but you value your friendship too much to really let loose.  So give your characters the … Continue reading

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