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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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Where is this plot going?

Where is this plot going?

How many of you suffer writers’ block? I’ve been asked this question many times and I can’t answer it;  I don’t have periods when I simply can’t write and I feel as though I shouldn’t admit it. I may write nothing worth keeping at times, but…

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Grammar Gaffes

Grammar Gaffes

I thought I had a secure grasp of grammar until I became a writer. Then I realized that the rules I wrote with were inadequate. That martinet of a teacher who drummed correct usage into the heads of the students missed me. I blundered through…

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Where do you get your ideas?

Where do you get your ideas?

This is one of the most annoying questions a writer is asked. Ideas are everywhere. It isn’t a paucity of  ideas that is a problem, it is the time and effort it takes to translate those ideas to stories. I take ideas from anywhere –…

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Plot, Setting and Character Mashed Together

Plot, Setting and Character Mashed Together

Readers make assumptions about the plot when they read details of the setting and wonder about what action will occur there. To some extent, the setting dictates the plot. On a cattle ranch, a cattle stampede is possible; in an underwater environment, lack of oxygen…

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Character Names

Character Names

Picking names for a character is much like picking names for a baby, except you usually don’t have partners, mothers, best friends and total strangers giving you advice about it. If you want to call your character Hortense Hildigard Schmooner, you can. And that might…

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