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Transitions—Part 2

The number 11 has been associated with transition. You know, when you look at your clock, and you see 11:11, whether it’s a.m. or p.m. It’s transition time. Synonyms for transition are change, changeover, evolution, conversion, and shift. We’re always in some sort of transition. Every day is a new day. New mercies, new opportunities, […]

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Stepping Out — Of Your Comfort Zone

It’s not too often that something just “comes” to me, like my literary agent recently did. But I’m convinced it was because a year ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started the process. Stepping out of our comfort zone can feel like walk off a cliff, doesn’t it? #comfortzone #walkingoffacliff Click to Tweet.

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Surprise Post

Sometimes I love surprises. How about you? I was surprised by a birthday party last summer. This blog celebrates it’s first anniversary this week – on Wednesday. I had a blurry rose picture for my first post last year. I changed it to this group of roses. I talked about process. There are processes to […]

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Writing Emotional Pain – without bleeding too much on your readers

“Please reject.” The email was from a complete stranger. I almost didn’t open it because I thought it was junk mail. Then I thought, oh. Oh. A reject letter. I might as well see who this is really from. I was once told that writing one’s pain makes a compelling read. It’s deep and people […]

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Just When You Think You’re Done – Part II

It seems to me that writing is a never-ending process. Some friends of mine recently moaned about “line edits.” And they’re not published yet. Neither do they have an agent or an editor. So what are they doing? Making their manuscript the best they can to give their story the best chance to get published. […]

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Trust the Peace

There’s just something peaceful about a body of water. This is my background photo – the Sea of Galilee at the dawn of a new day. I’ve had some tumult this year, both bad and good. You’ve heard about the ‘bad’ – the broken wrist, the l-o-n-g rehab. It’s all part of the process. Now […]

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New Look, New Focus, Yet Still the Same

This week’s theme is changing your mind. I’ve been changing mine about several things lately. Changing My Mind What have I been changing my mind about? It’s a woman’s prerogative, isn’t it? Last week, I entered my novel in another contest. To do that, I had to chop 14,000 words. I didn’t think I could do […]

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Process – How to Handle Criticism

You did it! You wrote your story, your novel, or your article. It’s your baby. It feels like one, because it’s a creative venture. Especially in the area of fiction, we writers become anxious, nervous, and worried about what future editors and readers will think, don’t we? We gather up our courage and send it […]

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In the Middle of Process

Writing a novel is a l-o-n-g process. Life interferes, at least mine did, and I had to stop altogether. My interference was a broken wrist. The bones have healed, but it’s taken weeks and weeks, and I still don’t have full mobility or strength back. In the midst of a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Israel, I […]

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Chocolate – Breaking is hard

Wow. It’s been a month since I posted. I’ve been my broken wrist to heal and get some use back. This is my first day back at typing two-handed. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is. I lost total use of my left hand. It is my assist hand, and it […]

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