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Guest Blogger Teresa Inge – Why Research is the Extra Element in Writing

Why Research is the Extra Element in Writing by Teresa Inge I grew up in North Carolina reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Combining my love of reading mysteries and writing professional articles led to writing short fiction and a novel. I also love it when I research a new story I am writing. Most of the …

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Guest Blog: The Writer’s Life Isn’t for Sissies by Marilyn Levinson

The Writer’s Life Isn’t for Sissies by Marilyn Levinson The electronic age has made it easy for anyone to self-publish a work of fiction. All you have to do is write a book. It needn’t be approved, edited or even good. As long as the text is formatted correctly, up it goes on Amazon and …

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Volunteering and Writing Conferences – Why Do I Bother?

Volunteering and Writing Conferences – Why Do I Bother? by Debra H. Goldstein I hate wasting time sitting in meetings where people talk to hear themselves heard, fail to stick to agenda topics, or where programs are repetitive of what I’ve heard before. So, why do I serve on civic committees and why do I …

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Guest Blogger: Paula Gail Benson – What Taking the Bar Exam Taught Me About Writing

What Taking the Bar Exam Taught Me about Writing by Paula Gail Benson Just having a law degree doesn’t make you a lawyer. Most states require that a law school graduate pass a bar examination to work and have the title “attorney.” Bar review courses of six-to-eight weeks help law school grads prepare for bar …

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARRIETTE SACKLER

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARRIETTE SACKLER I recently had a short story, Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief! published in the Mardi Gras Murder anthology. Of the thirteen stories included in the book, Queen of the King Cakes by Harriette Sackler particularly caught my attention so I decided to interview Harriette. 1. Tell me about …

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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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