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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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Attitudes and Beliefs

Attitudes and Beliefs

Some authors of children’s books, particularly beginning authors, “talk down” to their readers. An aura of condescension permeates the writing like nauseating medicine. This can be present in varying degrees and can creep into your work. Ask yourself what kind of conversation you would have…

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Inviting Criticism: But I thought it was perfect

Inviting Criticism: But I thought it was perfect

Writing is all about feelings: your own, the character’s, and the reader’s. All this emotion is messy and it takes courage to deal with it. And then, once you have written the story and been as true as you can be to your own beliefs,…

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What to Wear While Writing

What to Wear While Writing

When it comes to writing, do clothes matter? If I wear pearls and an elegant suit, will my prose be elegant and orderly? If I wear yoga pants and last week’s hoodie, will my prose be sloppy and poorly constructed? Since I write in a…

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Slang and swear words

Slang and swear words

Many writers feel that it is essential to use slang vocabulary in children’s stories. Slang can be part of the setting, part of the color of the story. It can be highly inventive and invective. The problem with slang is that it can make a…

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Emotional Life of Characters

Emotional Life of Characters

“The emotional lives of your characters need to be clearer than your own.” This is my own advice to writers that I find embarrassing, however true. The emotional lives of my characters are more obvious to me than my own. It might have something to…

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