Archive Monthly Archives: September 2015

Beauty in the Mundane and Balance

This week’s revision of Chapter Four is moving slowly at best.  Combine the surprising amount of effort I put into reworking Chapter Three and a delightful but exhausting week in my personal life and I think I’m left searching for the energy to tackle these next 5,000 words.  I’m still very much in it—really invested in moving this project […]

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Drama, Melodrama, Betrayal, Humiliation

Where is the line between drama and melodrama?  More specifically, can my characters be melodramatic without their actions and attitudes affecting the voice of my writing?  Can I write melodrama without melodrama?  Its a pair of interesting questions—ones I’m trying to suss out in my rewrite of Chapter Three. Of course there are some clues in […]

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About a Loser

Growth requires a process of change.  A seed is nothing but stored potential until the forces of water, earth and heat conspire to penetrate its hard shell and force a germination.  Through these external forces the germ has no choice but to swell, slowly devouring its kernel until it breaks through the tough exterior of […]

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A Place to Begin

There may be no greater struggle in the life of a writer than choosing the first words of something—anything!  How do you ensure you’re making the correct first impression?  The right words are immortal: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” or “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderly […]

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