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    Thousands of Words Cut in 2 days!

    I’m so bummed because yesterday, after writing all day, I only got 1,307 words in, after deleting double that amount. And to injury upon injury, five minutes ago, I had to cut a thousand words from todays writing!!!! There’s an upside to deleting large portions of what’s already written, which is, “at least you know.” At least I know that much more about the world and characters even if I didn’t keep any of it. At least I know what direction I’m NOT taking the story in. And… At least readers will not be bored reading a bunch of words that do nothing but confuse them because I got lost…

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    Writers and Coffee… maybe lattes

    And it’s a very expensive habit… maybe addiction. Right now I’m writing and craving a White Chocolate Latte from Coffee Bean. And here’s what I hate… I live in Claremont and there are no good mom and pop coffee places that make good coffee. There are three CB’s in the general location. I choose one over the other three because it’s less crowded and isn’t located in a busy shopping area but it’s still quite unsettling to write there.  I mean,  and there are always starers. I hate starers.  There are no starers in Seattle, well at least not at the Tea Cup. I think the people are a lot…

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    Sleep The Great Restricter….

    Here’s what I dislike about being a writer…  because I have to sleep, I have to stop writing. First of all, I find it very hard to write during the day here in California, and during the summer at that. There’s too much light, too much heat and I don’t know–even if I close all the blinds and cut the air conditioner on, then I feel like I’m locked up in an a cold cell. So, I write better in two conditions–on a rainy day and the stormier the better, and at night–when it’s dark and quiet outside. And oh my gosh, I can do serious damage on a rainy,…

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    The Being Single Part of the Single Writer…

    About a week and a half my life changed for the better… and then a month before that it changed for the better, before the better… I got  major surgery that I’ve needed for so very long… and then I dropped a major burden in my life that just needed to be GONE! And then last week, I finished the final, FINAL draft of a genre fiction novel. Believe me, my mind is very abstract and doesn’t think in “genre” but I did it. I made the genre work for my mind. All that’s great indeed… But here’s what really punctuated the past and started a new chapter for me!…

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    Reflections on I vs. She… POV

    Before hitting the hay for the night, I thought I’d get this thought down in writing… Parched is the first book I’ve ever written in the first person–actually the only piece of work I’ve finished writing in that particular POV.  It has always been a struggle writing in the “I.” I think it had a lot do with me, writing “I” and the “I” not actually being “me.” It felt like readers would read the characters and see me and think I’m writing about myself.  I didn’t want to be exposed. Why? Because readers are right in some regards to read the writer in the text. We pull parts of…