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April 14, 2018

Learn to use setting, packing, verbs and sensory details to build a compelling action scene.

March 12, 2018

I've been thinking a lot about beginnings - what captures us quickly and draws us into the center of story?

We're told to start with action, bring the reader into the scene, and keep it moving. That's important advice, keeping us from lingering in backstory, setting the...

January 2, 2018

In The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr writes of the need to burrow deeply into the writer’s psyche, to dig beneath the surface of how we want to appear to write with an authentic voice.  “The author of a lasting memoir manages to power past the initial defenses, digging past...

November 11, 2017

My children have two rabbits. Two rabbits became six (because that's how rabbits roll). That's right, this week, four teeny little bunnies arrived. My daughter is in love with her baby bunnies, delighting over their size, their colors, their little shut eyes and presse...

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