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Grit is the Quality Most Correlated with Success: TED Talk with Angela Lee Duckworth

By on Friday, Nov 22, 2013 | 0 comments

I saw this video on Facebook this week and found it to be the most inspiring piece I've seen in a long time. I hope you watch and are inspired, too!Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth discussed in a TED talk the factor most significantly correlated with success in life. (This video is from the Huffington Post at [...]

Getting Ready for the Golden Heart Part 2: The Writing

By on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 | 7 comments

So are you polishing your Golden Heart entries? Great! Last week I talked about Story—making sure yours was big enough, had the right elements to be a romance, and how friends can help you to see those big-picture things.Today I want to focus on the Writing. At the end of this blog post are some [...]

Getting Ready for the Golden Heart, Part 1: Your Story: Make it a Good One

By on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 | 9 comments

Today and next Friday, November 15, I'm going to post some pointers for those of you who are planning to enter the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest, which opens to entries on November 12. (For more information, go to rwa.org and look under "Awards" and then "Golden Heart." Here's the link:  http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=536)What does [...]

Writer Burnout as You Approach The End

By on Friday, Oct 11, 2013 | 8 comments

Yeah, yeah, I know, writing a book is a marathon. Don't remind me, because I'm feeling the burn, baby! Here are Seven Signs you may be utterly toxic from struggling to the end of that elusive finish line:--Coffee, ordinarily delicious and comforting and an aid to your muse, tastes bitter and disgusting and you never [...]

Writers: So Maybe Hearing Voices Isn’t That Crazy After All

By on Friday, Oct 4, 2013 | 6 comments

One confused little violet who thinks it's May instead of October.I had this crazy idea to ask everyone, well, my writer friends anyway, why they write. I don't know why, maybe (make that probably) to understand why I write. If you really stop and think about it, we spend months writing a story, living with [...]

Crawling Inside Your Characters’ Heads: from Robert McKee’s Story

By on Friday, Sep 6, 2013 | 4 comments

Hi Everyone!The kids are back in school and my house is SILENT...except for the soft snores of my pooch who is passed out on her back with her legs up in the air.I'm reading the classic screenwriting book Story by Robert McKee and I wanted to share one little tidbit    that may help you [...]

Want to Make a Scene? Join me as I blog at Romance U Today!

By on Friday, Aug 16, 2013 | 2 comments

Join me at Romance U. today as I virtual-lecture about jam-packing your scenes with good stuff to make them work as hard as they possibly can. Here's the link:http://romanceuniversity.org/2013/08/16/scene-structure-with-miranda-liasson/comment-page-1/#comment-38463See you all over there! And hey--it's Friday! Stop by and say hey! Woo hoo!!!The Lowcountry in late afternoon. That little speck between the trees is one [...]

RWA Conference Highlights: A Tale Told in Pictures by Miranda Liasson

By on Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 | 6 comments

This is a story told best in pictures.Our table at the RITA/GH ceremony included my friends and chapter mates GH Paranormal winner AE Jones and Barb Heintz.My manuscript that won the Golden Heart in the Contemporary Series category.AE Jones won the Golden Heart for Paranormal! We are amazed!We got to pose for a pic with [...]

Advice from Eloisa James: Throw Your Heart into It

By on Friday, Jun 7, 2013 | 2 comments

I had the great (and a little bit scary) honor of introducing Eloisa James yesterday at a library in Cleveland. How did that come about?! You might say it was accidental networking. One of the many perks of being active in your own RWA chapter!Anyway, Eloisa was on tour promoting her new book Once Upon [...]

Reinventing Yourself as a Writer

By on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 2 comments

This is a prequel blog.  (Sort of like how a novella comes out before a novel.)I've been invited to be on the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog (www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com) on Thursday, May 23rd, as one of their series of Golden Heart finalists. I'll be talking about...me. Specifically, what I did when I hit a brick wall in my [...]