The Reform of a Plantser

I’m late to post today, because I’ve been plotting. *Insert wicked cackle here* For weeks–well, truth be told, just about the entire summer–I’ve been stuck. Every time I open up WriteWay Pro to write, absolutely nothing comes. I have two stories halfway done, but they are both a hot mess.  Weak conflict, boring characters, yadda yadda. Now this […]

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Grumpish about Grammar

This post is very late. I was in a super bad mood last Sunday and couldn’t think of anything I wanted to write, and I was too busy reading contest entries anyway. Back in the spring I volunteered to serve as a first round judge in several contests. I actually love judging contests, but when I volunteered I stupidly failed […]

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Author Interview: Nina Croft

Apologies for my absence of late. June was crazy busy, and last week I was away for my anniversary–more on that in a future post! My guest today is the very talented and prolific Nina Croft. Her latest book, The Spaniard’s Kiss, released this week. Welcome, Nina! Tell us a bit about you. Where do […]

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Author Interview: AE Jones

Today I am honored to welcome NEORWA chapter sister, 2013 Golden Heart winner, and two-time 2015 RITA Finalist AE Jones. Thanks so much for visiting, AE! Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing? Thanks for having me here today, Marin! I live in Northeast Ohio in […]

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Five Reasons to Go to a Writers’ Conference

I spent this weekend at my RWA chapter’s Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference, which was wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, I thought I’d share with you some reasons why, if you’re a writer, you should attend a writers’ conference too. 1. You meet other writers. Writing is a solitary occupation. We spend a lot of time in […]

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Author Interview: Abigail Owen

Today I welcome author Abigail Owen, whose novel, Andromeda’s Fall, was released by The Wild Rose Press in December 2014.  Thanks for visiting, Abigail! Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing? My name is Abigail Owen. I was raised in Texas but now live in […]

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The Surprising Truth About Contractions

I use contractions when writing dialogue. When I don’t, the language can seem stilted and unnatural. I have long wondered how common contractions were in days past, but I was afraid to look it up and find that they weren’t common, because then I would have to make a decision: use historically inaccurate language to make […]

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