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    A Note from an Organic Writer…

    Listen… I have an advanced degree in a critical studies subject. I’m from the world of big words, carefully crafted language and sentences, and critical analysis. I mean, the more we used obscure language, the more the professors felt certain that they were doing their job. Especially in that rhetoric class…. forgot the professors name but I really liked him a lot because he MEANT it. Like, MEANT it. He felt so passionate about it all! He loved it. Gosh… what was his name…. Anyway… I practice organic story-telling. I picture my characters navigating the real world, our world in black and white and all the other colors. They are…

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    Oh Now I Get It… The Intoxicated Writer Cliche…

    But it’s not a cliche…. So today, after I left the coffee shop, concluding a period of an “OK” writing day. There is no sun in Seattle today. Look, it’s true… no sun, too dreary to be too creative. At least for me. What I’ve learned is that I’m a true Californian girl. I took the sun for granted but honey, sweetie, my lovely sun, I have missed you while I was gone and know your value… I see the light! So, after crossing 4th Avenue I decided to head to Macrini bakery to see if they have any rolly-polies left. However, as I hit 1st Avenue, the smell of…

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    Out West…

    A blue sky evening, orange powdering the western horizon with a bright full moon not fully formed to the east and on top of all of that beauty, surrounded by the purple rock mountains…. And a seventy degree evening… And MEXICAN FOOD! Like REAL Mexican food… Can someone tell the counterfeiters in Seattle to AT LEAST use cilantro.. At least… Excuse me while I enjoy heaven… Peace.

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    Outline Early and Often, Especially When…

    You’re one person, who has to write seven distinct voices… So what does an outline (a plot tool) has to do with voices? I’ll tell you! Here it goes: AT LEAST you need to know where the dang characters are going before you can concentrate on all the other elements! AT LEAST. You’re plot should be your foundation; it holds the dialog, characterization, setting, style, etc. I’ve actually started practicing a technique I call incremental outlining. Because it’s so easy to get ahead of yourself and outline a full story before it’s fully formed. Listen.. and listen good… A GOOD story slowly takes form on its own timeframe. The characters…

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    Moods Like A Writer

    So they say writers are moody… and I don’t know if it’s true or if it’s because our profession is so mentally and emotionally demanding that we’re aware of what’s happening within…. And let me just say, today, SUCKS… Of course, it’s 60 something degrees in Seattle and no blue sky or direct sunlight. And I’m OK with that. Maybe it’s the moon-phase or something. I do really believe that the natural elements can affect our moods being that we’re made from them. But if I really go back and think about when it all took a dive for me today it would have to be after I discovered that…