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Why Writing Groups Are Important

Writing is lonely business.  For someone like me, who’s used to spending her days interacting with lots of different people, the solitude of the writing life can be a bit of a shock.  The cats are always with me when I’m working of course, but they don’t laugh at my […]

February 18, 2013

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Finally … I can go back to work!

You know you’re in the right job when you can’t wait to get back to work.  The holidays were fantastic, but I missed my story.  Since I already have ideas for books two and three, I’m anxious to finish writing book one. My laptop has been out of commission most […]

January 3, 2013

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New Beginnings

Whether you’re a writer or reader, chances are you’re familiar with the traditional story structure of a novel.  You probably had a diagram of it in your high school English class.  The first section is the setup, the middle part is the conflict and the final section is the resolution. […]

December 5, 2012

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Book Trailers: The Future of Publishing?

I think book trailers are the best thing since sliced bread.  I say this as a reader, a former PR professional and an author.  If publishing companies want to stay afloat in this economy, I think they’re going to have to start investing more of their marketing budgets in high […]

November 15, 2012

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The NaNoWriMo Maneuver

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.  NaNo for shorter. For those not familiar with NaNo, the goal is to write 50,000 words during the month of November.  If you meet the target then you “win.”  There’s even a website for writers to register and receive online […]

November 1, 2012

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Interview with Author Lesleyanne Ryan: A Lesson in Persistence

This month Braco, the award-winning debut novel from Lesleyanne Ryan, will be released. As a former UN peacekeeper, Lesleyanne served in Visoko, Bosnia in 1993/94.  There she helped a friend send food to a young boy in Srebrenica.  When the Canadian military pulled out of Srebrenica in March 1994, he […]

October 5, 2012

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