Sources of Inspiration

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I don’t think I’m abnormal as a writer in that I love writing and… let’s say… am not a big fan of editing. No matter how busy a day I had at work, I find I can sit down and write a couple thousand words. Doesn’t feel like work at all. Just an enjoyable expression of creativity. Editing is another… Read more »

The Movie Wasn’t as Good as the Book…

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I suppose as an author (as opposed to a screenwriter), my headline above should come out of my mouth more often. But I do love movies, so I often end up on the wrong side of that statement. Maybe it’s because life is busy, and there’s a satisfaction that comes with being “fed” a movie on a Friday night after… Read more »

“My” Time Travel vs. “Your” Time Travel

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Got some great feedback (albeit in a rejection) from an agent the other day on my time travel novel. The topic was the genre of the book in general – time travel. She said she wasn’t convinced that someone could go back in time and have impact that affects only my small array of characters. She thought that changes 150… Read more »

Movies for the Mood

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Heading back to work this morning after a week – actually longer than a week due to Labor Day – off with the kids. Had a very nice little break to close out the summer – lot of day activities in Western New York, and one trek up to the Toronto Zoo. Had a tough decision to make last night,… Read more »

Foreign Languages in English Novels

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I could use some feedback…. I’m working on the second book in the HISTORY AMENDED trilogy, a part of which takes place in Russia. As I’ve been writing the first draft, my intent has been to write the parts that are spoken in Russian in actual Russian without translation, and then refer to the translation in how the point-of-view character… Read more »

How I Use Improv (Kind Of) in My Writing

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I picked up this article off of Twitter the other day (thanks @caferebee for posting): Top 10 Essentials to a Writer’s Life, published by Writer’s Digest. I particularly like #5 on the list – “Knowing where to stop.” I’ve always found that to be a worthwhile practice, closing up shop for the night at a point where you know you’ll… Read more »