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Saturday Posts? What the . . . ?

Hey, I thought I would post today. This is the last day of our marathon. Has anyone been writing?

I have.


Well . . . .

I’ve not been grumpy.

I saw Ann Dee yesterday and that’s a happy thing. Sometimes I think it’s so cool to have this job. I get to meet the most amazing people. People who write great books (published or not), people who care about each other–you know–people who need people–are the LUCK-i-est pee-pul . . .  you know what I mean.

So today, instead of going to garage sales (the only kind of shopping I like), I’ll stay home.

And write.

And clean.

Oh! And prepare Sharing Time.

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Freaky Marathon Writing Friday

Hello, Everyone. I was up early this morning checking in on conference I’m doing next week with SLJ. I’ve never done anything like this before and I was a little nervous. Only a couple of people showed for the practice which makes me think I’m the odd gal out in being a newbie. And oldie newbie.

Today is the third day of marathoning.

Are you up and raring to go?





Me? I just want to get these books done.

So off we go!

Good luck!

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Thursday–How’d You Do?

How did you do?

Still writing?

I’m off to bed.

Tomorrow? More of the same!

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Writing Happily?

Are you still going strong? Still working on something?

So far today I’ve rewritten a chapter with Ann Dee Candy and rewritten 23 pages on my other novel.

What about you?

Are you gasping for air, but still smiling?

Are you loving the work?

Wishing there were more hours in the day?

Are you trying to catch up?

Leap ahead?

Stay even?

Let us know.

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It’s 2:30–Do You Know Where Your Manuscript Is?

How’s it going?

Are you writing?

Are you happy in your writing?

Are you completing your goals?

Working hard?

Loving the work?

Keep going!

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Three Things Thursday


How’s the writing?

Are you doing it?


Not me so far. BUT TODAY I WILL!

Last night I came home from dinner with three of my girls and realized I was 30 minutes late to a book group I was supposed to attend. I’d already cried off my mascara, but I made it there before everyone left.

Today I am going to write several hours.

And that’s great for right now.

Here’s are my TTT cohorts!



There are writers I admire for their works. There are writers I admire for their intellect. There are writers I admire for their work ethic. There are writers I admire for their sly humor. Put all these together, and call him Isaac Asimov!
Asimov, in his own words:
The one absolute requirement for me to write . . . is to be awake.
I don’t know any but the simplest rules of English grammar, and I seldom consciously apply them.  Nevertheless, I instinctively write correctly and, I like to think, in an interesting fashion. I know when something sounds right and when it doesn’t, and I can tell the difference without hesitation, even when writing at breakneck speed. How do I do this? I haven’t the faintest idea.
When I feel difficulty coming on, I switch to another book I’m writing. When I get back to the problem, my unconscious has solved it.
Thinking is the activity I love best, and writing to me is simply thinking through my fingers. I can write up to 18 hours a day.  Typing 90 words a minute, I’ve done better than 50 pages a day. Nothing interferes
with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn’t look up — well, maybe once.
If my doctor told me I had only six months to live, I wouldn’t brood.  I’d type a little faster.
Some of the best stories I’ve read have been ruined by weak climaxes. One of the main reasons for this is a weak antagonist. If your villain is a genius mastermind, it doesn’t make sense for them to suddenly make a moronic mistake. 

Rewrite your climax from the point of view of your antagonist. Start at the beginning point, but then stop looking at your original manuscript. Let the climax grow organically from the antagonist’s perspective. Does it follow the same path? Does he say and do the same things?
If the two versions don’t match, try to find a middle ground. Both characters need to stay true to themselves, and the best story will allow them both to breathe.

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So, yes, Brenda–you can make your own goals.

Ann Dee wants you to be happy while you write.

I just want to get words on the paper.

My goals are as follows: work on two already finished novels. Rewrite as much as I can.

I should do this happily, but I won’t.

What I want to do is just watch TV or go to bed or anything other than think.


it’s that time of year and I need to write. Writing will make me feel better.

So there.

Also, I am in SLJ for an interview:

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