In Others’ Words: Inspiring Change

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My husband laughed and summed up today’s blog post in two words: Change happens. You can’t argue with the man. January was a month of change for me as a writer. I started on book 2 in my Thatcher Sisters Series — always fun to develop new characters and plot a new story. “Why?” is the repeated question during this …

In Others’ Words: Start Writing, No Matter What

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I’m in a “not writing” phase at the moment. Except the moment has stretched over a number of days. And, while I’m not on a hard deadline, I do have things to write. I have written blog posts … my In Others’ Words posts and other blog commitments. But that’s one type of writing, as opposed to working on fiction …

In Others’ Words: The Multiplication of Applause

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It’s the most natural thing in the world to applaud when someone does something good, isn’t it? Well, yes … and no. I love to attend Broadway shows. I don’t hesitate to start the applause¬†after a moving duet or rousing dance performance. I’ve clapped my way through more school productions¬†than I can count, not to mention sports competitions, and even …

In Others’ Words: Finding the Good in Failure

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Isn’t it funny how pursuing success can end up teaching us a lot about failure? I dreamed about being a writer for a long time. Postponed it for years while I focused on being a wife and a mom — and facing my failures there. And my successes. There were those, too. And then one day I stopped dreaming about …

My Kind of Mad Lib Fun Contest Winner!

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So laughter rocked the walls of my office tonight! I read through all the entries with my husband and my two oldest daughters listening in. The judging was fairly subjective — we’re writers, so we are used to the whole “it’s subjective” thing, right? Based on the amount of laughter produced, the winner of the first, but definitely not last, …

Contemporary Romance Writer: How Do I Achieve Success as a Writer?

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Some days the writing road is lined with ledges. Ledges perfect to climb up and then stand and ponder the “why” of my existence in the writing universe. And yes, these ledges are ideal to throw myself off of when my hopes are dashed, my dreams seem nothing more than taunting specters, and my efforts seem … wasted. (I need …

Survey Says: Counting the Cost of Writers Conferences

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Friends Teri, Pat, Edie and Melissa (the 2010 Frasier winner). A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a survey on writers conferences. Specific question: Why do you attend writers conferences? Today’s question for discussion: What are your major concerns when preparing for a writers conference? Possible answers: Paying for the conference, the travel, and the lodging Pitching my book …