Reviving An Old Project

  A book can get shelved before it’s finished, but not in the good way. Creative work can get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list when priorities shift or you lose interest for the latest shiny new idea. This doesn’t...

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POV: Writing the Bystander Viewpoint

Using the term “Main Character (MC)” is sticky when your story is told through the viewpoint of a bystander. Who’s the "MC" when you have a viewpoint character who is telling the story but isn’t the main actor? Well, that’s...

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The Creative Tribe: A powerful tool with a double-edge

I’ve recently taken a step back from my creative tribe. Still a card-carrying member (and officer in a few groups), but, after noticing unsavory patterns, I’ve had to reevaluate my expectations and dial down participation. Thanks to social media, the...

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The Cliffs of Insanity

I had high hopes for this month’s reading list. The Book Owls sent in their recommendations. I even bought one of the books new, which I rarely do, because I was excited (no spoilers, I’m reading it next month). I will...

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Writing Living Histories: The Memory Book

I believed my family was close. I grew up with both parents in the home and two brothers, near my mother’s parents who lived a few miles away. We talked about family history regularly. It wasn’t until I took...

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The Sandlot Principle: Which Team Are You?

On a sticky summer day, two teams shouted each other down on a scrubby sand lot. Insults flew between the little league pitcher in uniform and the scrappy catcher in shorts. The catcher had enough. His face flushed red, his eyes...

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Globetrotters, Comic Con, and Me

Stars came together this last weekend. Amazing things happening, and I’d chosen a piece of it. Two friends traveling Europe were having exciting new experiences and sending back pictures. One friend, Sam of the Book Owls, traveled with her husband...

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What is Detail, What is Plot: Deciphering Writer’s Block

Planning a story should produce a strong outline. That outline, made up of interesting and interconnected scenes, ties your ideas together into a cohesive and engaging plot. Faced with a pile of potential scenes to organize into a story,...

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Library Sales – Find Great Books, Support Local Causes

If you’re looking for budget books, keep tabs on your city libraries’ events. This last month, the Mesa Public Library hosted their semiannual used book sale. As it was only two days – Friday and Saturday – the enthusiasm...

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Writing Retreats: Get Away From it All to Write it All

Imagine sitting down to write in a beautiful spot, up in the mountains, away from distractions and demands on your time and energy. You’ve got a comfortable chair, space for your power cords, an endless supply of your favorite...

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