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Name Digging

What’s so important about a name? How do we find names for our characters? How does Cash turn into Kash? Recently, a friend and fellow author borrowed my horse’s name Cash and flipped it to Kash for a recent character name she was searching for. I know I’ve borrowed our family name, Elizabeth, for my […]

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10 Things Kids Should Realize

  Chores won’t kill you! Chores create a strong foundation for their future.  Responsibility, accountability, and basic life skills begin with sweeping the floor, scrubbing the toilet, doing dishes, and washing windows. Boredom is a choice. I know when my cousins once complained of being bored and my aunt day them do chores all day. Did they […]

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Mentoring a Realm Beyond My Own

Part Four: Editing––Demon Hunter Writing is the easy part. Our minds are in the creative mode. Our fingers peck at the keyboard with unfailing speed. Smiles bloom on our faces, eyes dancing as creativity pours out. Our characters are dancing, fighting, loving, caring, and sometimes even in a fit of rage. They are talking, whispering, […]

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Mentoring a Realm Beyond My Own

Part Three: Theme, Story Line, and Three-Act Structure Do you remember me stating previously that Nathan’s character and world sheets had vanished? Well they remain in the depth of some dump site, but Nathan was able to rewrite most of it. Unfortunately they are not as detailed as before, but he’s off to a good […]

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Characters and World Building

Mentoring a Realm Beyond My Own: Part Two: Characters and World Building     As I stated previously, I am not a fantasy writer and don’t know much about world building.  But I’m on a crash course of how-tos, quickly learning organization is the key. After scanning Nathan’s notes and seeing he had nearly completed […]

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Six Points to a Perfect Pitch

I’m sitting here at the airport in Spokane, WA.  I really don’t care to fly.  But I’m on my way to Golden, CO via Denver for the annual Women Writing the West conference; my tummy flutters and my nerves tingle.  Yet, I’m excited because I’m pitching my latest manuscript to an editor.  I met her […]

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7 Must-Haves for the Perfect One-Sheet #authortips

7 Must-Haves for the Perfect One-Sheet

I had no idea what a “one-sheet” was until I had an appointment with an editor for my young adult fiction book to be presented at the Inland Northeast Christian Writer’s Conference two years ago. I had to swallow my embarrassment and contact the conference director, Jan Cline, and ask her what this one-sheet was […]

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