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I have travelled from the rural community of Arctic Bay to the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, continually seeking new ideas from the people I meet. I am , primarily, a writer, but I have been a rancher, public health nurse, researcher and a university teacher. I enjoy talking to writers who look for inspiration and tips about writing. The world of social meda allows us all more exciting exchanges between writers and readers. You are invited to participate on my website.

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Chasing the Obvious

Chasing the Obvious

Why does it take an editor to find a word that you overuse? Once she points it out, it smacks me in the face. It is as though it slips through my manuscript in camouflage, sneaky and ubiquitous. Always there, but never seen. My last…

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Re-writing, Re-writing, Re-writing

Re-writing, Re-writing, Re-writing

I love working on the second rewrite.

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The Dreaded Rewrite

The Dreaded Rewrite

When I begin a book I’m never sure that I will be able to finish it.

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The Drive to Write…

The Drive to Write…

It is almost impossible to stop writing once you begin. Beware of what habits you are embracing when you first decide to write. Writing becomes your passion, your joy, and your compulsion. You write at bus stops, in dentist offices, in cafes, as well as…

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Those Difficult First Lines

Those Difficult First Lines

First lines—those elusive, shifty, uncooperative first lines! First lines set the tone of the book, establish expectations in the minds of the readers and, I find, stimulate me to follow my own lead. It is sometimes easier to writer the whole chapter with grace and…

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