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One Pound of Gold Hidden Where?

If you were going to hide gold, where would you put it?

I have to admit, I love gold.

A lot.

And our writing, when done well, is as shiny as gold.

That’s my goal: to write as well as possible.


Your writing prompt today is reading.

Read this great article, and maybe even buy the book.


I love William Zinsser. I’ve never read this book, but I know I would love what he says here, as I believe these ten hintsĀ are genius.

PS Check out the links below the article for more things to read before you write today.

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Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers, 2017, and a Chance to Win a Googillion Dollars!

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers is just around the corner. I can’t believe it. And we already have dates, and faculty, for next year. What? I know!


What would YOU do with a googillion dollars?

I would get allergy medicine that didn’t cause Alzheimer’s or dementia and the pills would really work.


What is your main character’s secret desire? How does this work with the story and the major dramatic question?

Look closer. What is the real secret desire? Does everything in the novel point to this want? Will your character be better or worse if he achieves his goal?

How will you change after writing this book?

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Four Out of Five Dentists . . .


If you could change one thing about your novel, what would it be?




If you could change one thing about you as a writer, what would it be?


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Organization for the Weak-kneed

I woke up at about two in the a.m. last night.

Lay in bed and realized that my whole life is chaotic and I am always behind. Always.

This isn’t new.

I used to sign my name Carolwhoissofarbehindshecanseeherownbutt.

How do I get caught up? Organized? How do I get rid of things? Make time for what I love to do, like read and write and take walks and cook and eat and spend time with my girls and go to lunch with friends and learn to do watercolor work and and and?

It’s no secret (unless you’ve never heard me say this, and then it’s still not a secret) that I believe we make time for what we love.

But what if we’re tired?








Feeling like a failure?

Missing dear friends?

Upset about things from the past?

Hmmm. I could go on and on.

Getting organized in your writing may or may not be easy.

Here’re a few things I found on the InterWeb to help.



and finally



Write three goals on how you are gonna get organized.

Send them to me.


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