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Turning Grief into Love

Came across this passage this morning from the booklet “Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief” by Martha Whitmore Hickman: “….all the time we are struggling with our grief and its meaning, the seeds of a new compassion … Continue reading

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Garbage Day

Garbage Day They’re coming soon to pick up the week’s detritus – Corona bottles, paper plates caked with dried tomato sauce. The usual. I tote a bulging garbage bag down the back stairs And heave it into a stained green … Continue reading

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Dealing with Criticism: Some Suggestions

Writing a manuscript is like living life: We are all works in progress. Continue reading

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Fatal Car/Train Collision Leads to Novel

On the night of December 20, 1959, I was sitting in the left front seat of the Vista-Dome car of the Burlington Zephyr passenger train as it hurtled through northern Illinois on its way from Chicago toward my hometown of … Continue reading

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Hope Can Spring from Tragedy

There’s something personal I’d like to share with you: Several years ago, my sister killed herself. It was the worst day of my life. But hope can spring from tragedy. Dr. Reef Karim, a Los Angeles psychiatrist on the faculty … Continue reading

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You Should Write a Book

Easier said than done. Most writers are motivated to write because of things that have happened to them. And the first instinct is to write it as a non-fiction autobiography because the experiences are so vivid and personally profound. Often, … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Cross-gender Writer

I admit it: I’m a man writing in a woman’s body — a guy who writes in the first person as a female. When my mystery/suspense novel FAST TRACK was first published in hardcover in 2005, one of my male … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Stay Organized While Writing a Novel

Some lessons I’m learning along the writing path: 1. Create a Master Plan Document: This is a living, breathing, evolving document. It contains a Daily Writing Log, plus my plot outline, key pivot points, and a brief summary of each … Continue reading

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