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#5OnFri: 5 Things I Learned at Hippocamp 2016

I recently attended Hippocamp, a conference for creative nonfiction writers, in Lancaster, PA. It was my first time there, and I’m so grateful I went! The conference has only been running for two years, but it’s clear that it has a long future. It was super well-organized, with fantastic workshop leaders, panelists and speakers. (Mary… Read more »

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If You Want To Be Productive, Go To Sleep!

Last Saturday, my three-year-old son did not take his usual mid-afternoon nap. Most parents wouldn’t think this a very big deal. Kids skip naps all the time, right? Well, my son doesn’t. Ever since my “Epic Battle To Make Baby Sleep” during year one of his life, I’ve been kind of a nap Nazi. His… Read more »

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#5onFri – Five Websites For Writers to Geek Out Over

Writer’s love pens that gracefully slide across the page leaving an even line of ink with no globs or faded patches. We love a good coffee or tea mug that fits our hand just right, that keeps our beverage toasty warm and the design that flaunts our personality. We love to stock up on writing… Read more »

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Developing Themes In Your Stories: Part 8 – The Act I Choice

Shortly after a story’s inciting incident, the protagonist must make an important decision: either keep living as she always has, or become involved in the story’s main conflict. This choice, in terms of the three-act story structure, marks the transition between Act I and Act II. Some writers also call it the “point of no… Read more »

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#5OnFri: Five Tips for Rocking the Writer Wait

Waiting. It’s an inevitable part of the writing process. Writers do a lot of waiting: on readers to provide feedback, on agents to respond to queries, partials or manuscripts, on editors to respond to agents, and then reviewers, booksellers, and readers again. It’s an inescapable reality. And it can drive a writer crazy. Here’s a few tips… Read more »

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When Your Book Doesn’t Sell

I’ve been planning to write this post for over a year. Except I really thought it would be the “When Your Book DOES Sell” version. But yeah… that didn’t happen. The book my agent signed me for didn’t sell. I found out five months ago. It’s taken me that long to be ready to write this…. Read more »

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#5OnFri: 5 things I Learned While at Utopia Con

Utopia :  a place (as a region, island, country, or locality) that is imaginary and indefinitely remote :  a place, state, or condition of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions [Merriam Webster] “I went to Utopia.” Every time I say that to someone, I feel a little crazy. But I really did! It’s… Read more »