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In the Garden with Jane Austen: Privies and Ha-Ha Walls

By on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 0 comments

At last, spring has hit Northern Ohio.  Well, actually, I think we skipped spring and went right into summer.  Believe it or not, today the temp here (90-ish) is going to be hotter than Miami, FL!  Okay, those were some shots from my garden.  I love flowers!                                             I'd like to share some things I learned from [...]

Deep POV Tips from Author Jules Bennett

By on Thursday, May 19, 2011 | 0 comments

Harlequin Desire author Jules Bennett gave an awesome workshop about deep point of view (POV) for those of us who attended the Cleveland Rocks Romance Conference this past weekend.  Jules gave me permission to post her helpful pointers about writing deep POV and ramping up the emotional stakes in your own work:Before you begin writing, imagine yourself [...]

Living With a Difficult Muse

By on Monday, May 9, 2011 | 1 comment

Still consumed with meeting my 1500 words-per-day quota for my Novel in Six Months Class with Lori Wilde at SavvyAuthors, I thought I would share more of my overwhelming frustrations as I continue to learn how to do this!I wrote over 8,000 words last week, all in a state of pure terror.  Every morning, I wonder where [...]

Learning to Write Fast

By on Monday, May 2, 2011 | 0 comments

I am lucky to be in a course on SavvyAuthors run by Lori Wilde.  It is a Fast Track Novel Writing Class that goes for six months.  It's wonderful, and Lori is a great teacher.  That being said, the agony is that every day, five days a week, each of us has to turn in 1500 [...]