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MY WRITING JOURNEY

It’s October.  The month of howling things and stuff that goes bump in the night.  I’m stage managing a play called “Sleepy Hollow.”  I live in the Halloween Capitol of the World, right here in downtown Anoka, MN. The skies … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

I’ve completed editing and am ready to take the next step, but I’m still not sure what the next step is.  I’ve decided to share the prologue with you and would appreciate feedback.   PROLOGUE – ” UNTIL OUR DYING … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

“By now I thought I’d be sitting by glorious, turquoise waters on some Mediterranean beach, drinking something exotic and have money pouring out of my ears,” said no real author ever.  We start with such passion and fervor.  As a … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

                            I’m back in the saddle again.  After six or so weeks of rehearsals and performances it’s time to return to my novel.  So I’m turning in … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

So what about that book I was writing?  I assumed I was finished.  Well at least I got to the last page.  Now, amidst differing opinions from a number of people who have read it, I am pushing forward in … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

I finally got up the courage and the time to review my novel after almost six weeks of being away from it.  I believe with all my heart that this was a wise choice, because it has made me view … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

On April 4th of this year I began keeping a journal of my writing progress.  That’s a total of 78 days.  I’m learning a great deal about the process itself.  I’m learning very little about how to actually get a … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

Most people have a preconceived idea about artists.  Some think being one requires living in squalor, experiencing all areas of life and staring at the face of a computer all day.  While others imagine the debonair, carefree lifestyle of one … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

I have set my novel on the shelf for the past three weeks.  I felt it a good idea to step away from it for a while and return to it with fresh eyes.  During that hiatus, I’ve had thoughts … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

It has been almost three weeks since I finished my novel.  I set it aside before beginning one of my final edits. You may call it procrastination.  You might think of it as fear of failure.  It could be considered a breaking … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

With all the fiction in the political scene, it probably would be more lucrative to put your writing skills into that market. I’ve finished my mandatory 60,000+ plus words.  I’m adding a few more as I begin the editing process.  … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

Just a little less than 3000 words to go.  Then it’s time to edit.  Spell check has been known to be my worst enemy, so I’m praying that each word is the right one.  As far as grammar and all … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

I feel like I’m on my final journey.  This thing which I love to do has begun to consume me.  As time swiftly flies beyond me – as my days grow shorter –  as the need to make money is … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

Last week my  writing journey took a brief hiatus.  I guess it all started the week before, when Minnesota was hit with one last (I hope) snow storm.   There I sat again, in a pile of snow and ice, struggling … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

Only fifteen thousand words to go.  Maybe I could add some ands, buts, pluses, likewises or toos.  The word count has been my nemesis in this process.  I realize words are a necessary component to flesh out my characters, so I continue … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

According to a study, the amount of words we speak each day is about 16,000, depending on age, social structure, etc.  I wonder how they determine these statistics.  Do people actually monitor the number of words they say like they tally up … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

It started when I was just a child.  I’d concoct stories which would be turned into plays.  When in eighth grade, I wrote a full length play, which would’ve required a cast of thousands, a set worthy of Cecil B. … Continue reading

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MY WRITING JOURNEY

Discipline and dedication come to mind this morning.  All the words – all the struggle to put them in the correct order – to lavish them with inspiring adjectives – to pour out my soul only to have it leashed … Continue reading

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IN SEARCH OF MY MUSE

Writing a novel is certainly a lot different than writing a play, a poem or a short story.  First of all you need at least 60,000,000 words.  So far I have 38,001.  I think the last word was “help!” I’m sure … Continue reading

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I COULD WRITE A BOOK

As some of you know, I’ve been writing my first novel for some time now.  I actually started it about seven years ago.  Then life got in the way.  We downsized and moved to a smaller home.  About a year … Continue reading

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