For years, I wrote without trying to get my stories published. Not very hard anyway. I would occasionally send something out. When it was rejected, I took it personally, figuring I wasn’t a good enough writer for that market. I was the epitome of an amateur writer with zero confidence. Gradually, I toughened up, and …

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Recently  my first novel, The Dreamwalkers of Larreta, was accepted for publication by Ellysian Press, a traditional small press that produces both print and ebooks. I have been writing and marketing this book for several years, but not until I shortened it to 90,000 words did it sell. This says more about my continuing education …

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Writers often self-select themselves into one of two categories:  plotters or pantsers. If you haven’t run across those terms, they refer to the amount of planning the writer does before beginning a project. Some writers can’t start until they know how a story will end and all the plot points they will cover. Pantsers are …

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Years ago, a friend years ago gave me the manuscript of her paranormal romance novel to read. The writing was good, but the main character did not change from the beginning to the end. She was also suspiciously similar to my friend (this is a “Mary Sue” which is an idealized character based on the …

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Flash of Light? Actually, that has happened to me. Once in a while. A brilliant idea falls from the ether into my mind, and I am enthralled at the possibilities it suggests. An image has appeared. It must mean something. There must be a story there. The truth is, sometimes yes, sometimes no. We’ve heard …

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This is my first blog post for LSQ, and I’m honored to share my thoughts on women and creativity with the talented women who read and write for LSQ. I will be writing about the creative life and the particular challenges and inspirations for women who live it. As I thought about what is needed …

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