Crutch Words

Every writer has crutch words—ones they use too often. When I gave a manuscript to my friend Liz, she pointed out that I had a lot of justs and a lot of wells. So I went through my 95,000 word document and found almost 260 justs. I cut out 2/3 of them. I didn’t have…
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Nerve-Wracking

On Saturday, I got to watch Lincoln be a (fully dressed) goalie for the first time. In the locker room (where they stuff several teams into a tiny space), one of the coaches from another team asked if I was ready. I assume he meant ready to watch my son as a goalie. Which is…
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IMA Beta

I’m a beta, he’s a beta, she’s a beta, we’re a beta, wouldn’t you like to be a beta too. Be a beta. Be be a beta. Okay, the tune popped into my head when I started this post. Dr. Pepper is my 2nd favorite pop after Coke, so it fits because I’m now a…
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Flashbacks: Good Or Bad

When I finished writing When the Mist Clears (WTMC), it had a lot of chapter length flashbacks. Then I’d read somewhere that literary agents are not big fans of flashbacks. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule, especially if they’re done well—but apparently new writers don’t handle them very well. I decided to…
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I Saw The Light

Last week I saw the light. Literally and figuratively. We drove to the Chicago area to spend Thanksgiving with  Cory’s extended family. We’ve done this every year for seven years, except this  was the first time at Thanksgiving. Illinois likes toll roads. I do not. This year a flashing sign located at every toll station…
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