From the Archives: A Journal of Two Writers – Research, Part I: Just the Facts, Ma’am

Welcome to our new feature, Throwback Thursday - From the Archives.  This part of the series features content created for a now defunct publisher, and I'm making it available for you to enjoy here.  Happy reading! Happy Thursday!  Today I’ll be talking about a topic that’s near and dear to both our hearts, research.  Even though we write fiction, research and fact-fi...
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From the Archives: A Journal of Two Writers – Thoughts from the Other Side of Edits

Rachel and I published our popular series The Persis Chronicles with Torquere Press, which, sadly, is now defunct.  I realized at one point that all the posts I'd written for their LiveJournal and blog would disappear into the ether, so I'm going to republish them here for your enjoyment. This first one was the first LiveJournal post I did for them, back in May of 2012: ...
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Luck O’ The Irish! Enter To Win $100 Gift Card and Other Prizes. Plus, Blog Posts from Noony!

Do I have a party for you, Dear Reader!  It's in full swing, and you can enter to win a $100 Gift Card from the online retailer Amazon, plus many more prizes from participating authors.  When you go to the site, be sure to enter both drawings on the right-hand panel.  Plus, each of the authors can write up to five blog posts each day, which I took as a challenge.  Of course...
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Throwback Thursday – Suffering from amnesia / a talking dog / refused to leave the bathtub.

  Introduction:  I love writing from writing prompts.  Over the years, I've amassed a collection of story bits from various prompt circles and exercises.  A particularly fun one to play with is called The Amazing Story Generator.  You pick three pieces at random and write a story based on what comes up.   Writing Prompt: Suffering from amnesia A talking dog ...
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Monday Morning Pages – Using Diary Techniques

  Writing a journal or diary has a long history.  It's taken many forms throughout the years, and diarists have developed tools that help get at the heart of the self. Two of my favorites are cathartic writing and listing. In cathartic writing, we write about something that evokes strong emotions - a memory or an event that happened to us.  If we've experience...
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Monday Morning Pages

It’s Day Two of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. Those of us who are participating feverishly scribble or tippet-tap all day, in between our other tasks: at lunch, on breaks, while the kids are asleep, anywhere we can. That’s how NaNo works: accumulate words. Like Julia Cameron says, “Accumulate pages, not judgments.” Why Morning Pages? The Artist’s Way teaches us...
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U Is For… Understanding!

I have found, in writing, that I need to get deeply into a project before I know where it's going.  I typically need to write 20,000 to 30,000 words before I have a good feel for it, and know who the characters are and where they're going.  Sometimes I know the plot of the book, other times I don't.  But I definitely don't know the world or the people in it without that fir...
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O Is For… On the Page!

To boldly go... onto the page.  Journals and computers.  Which is better?  I get that question a lot from writers, as to which one to use.  Both are useful.  That's almost always my answer.  Use whatever gets you onto the page. ... Yup, it really is that simple. What about you, Dear Reader? What makes you want to get up and write?
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