Debra Goldstein

Guest Blogger S.L. Smith: Researching Everything Under the Sun!

Researching Everything under the Sun! by S.L. Smith Few things turn me off faster than books with factual errors. I tend to put them down—permanently. For that reason, it’s important I get it right. If I don’t know it, I research it. I’m talking about the smallest details. Some of the research is almost as …

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Guest Blogger Grace Topping: Revenge! Exorcizing Bad Memories Through Your Writing

REVENGE! EXORCIZING BAD MEMORIES THROUGH YOUR WRITING by Grace Topping All of us have them. Those pesky, uncomfortable memories that make us blanch, screech, moan, grimace, shudder, or cry. Thankfully, most of them are buried deep in our subconscious and don’t come to mind often. But when we least expect it, a scent of cologne, …

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Using Words – A Not So Subtle Message by Debra H. Goldstein

Using Words – A Not So Subtle Message by Debra H. Goldstein Communicating through words is what sets us apart from other species. Certainly gorillas, puppy dogs, and other animals communicate between themselves or with humans through looks, movements, and sounds, but the use of words to convey meaning distinguishes us. Words can be spoken, …

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Guest Blog: Jackie Romine Walburn – First Fiction for this Reporter: Finding the Truth Inside the Story

First fiction for this reporter:Finding the truth inside the story by Jackie Romine Walburn Until starting my first and still-to-be-published novel, this lifelong professional writer- reporter-turned-corporate communications manager had never written a word of fiction. So, how did a reporter switch from journalistic rules of “just the facts” and “accuracy, accuracy, accuracy” to making things …

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Guest Blogger Sally Carpenter: Five Days to Make a Sitcom and Solve a Murder

Five Days to Make a Sitcom and Solve a Murder by Sally Carpenter A mystery writer starting a novel has the perplexing task of structure—what events will happen and in what order. Plotters will painstakingly map out each plot point, sometimes on index cards or sticky notes that are endlessly shuffled. Pansters will dive in, hoping …

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Dickens Knew How to Say It or It Has Been One of Those Weeks by Debra H. Goldstein

Dickens Knew How to Say It or It Has Been One of Those Weeks by Debra H. Goldstein “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times” is how Charles Dickens began a A Tale of Two Cities. His words definitely describe my past few weeks. Some of the high points included everyone being …

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Everything Becomes A Story – by Debra H. Goldstein

Everything Becomes A Story by Debra H. Goldstein What do you get when you add two type “A” mothers, a would-be bride and groom, and two somewhat laid back dads?  Answer:  Some Mamazilla moments, a couple who describe their wedding as “awesome,” and two still somewhat laid back dads with emptier pockets. What do you …

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