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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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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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Age-Appropriate Critics

Age-Appropriate Critics

When you decide for which age group you want to write, read as many books written for that group as you can. Analyze what makes the stories so compelling. How old are the characters? (Typically, they are about two years older than the oldest intended…

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Ouch,! We do need a critic.

Ouch,! We do need a critic.

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

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Your Elements of Style

Your Elements of Style

Your writing style is a little like your clothes sense; it’s something you develop to suit yourself and to make a statement about yourself to others. You can read about what would reveal your personality, what would flatter you, what would create a memorable impression…

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