Creating a Complex Character

Photo by Michelle Cassar on Unsplash Many times I’m asked, “How do you come up with your characters?” I explain that I go through several steps – which I will walk through in this post. While most characters pop into my head as either an image or a name, that’s only a small piece of […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 20

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 20. *1970 (age 12): Got Report Cards – 2 C’s, 3 B-’s, 4 B’s, 3 B+’s; 3/2’s, 1/1-’s, 3/1’s; 1 day absent, 0 tardies. On back, Mrs. Allen said “Good Joan, much improvement here” As I mentioned before, grades were a big deal. I noticed, no “A’s” this time. […]

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Author Spotlight – Annis Cassells

In celebration of National Poetry Month I’m chatting with poet/writer, Annis Cassells about her indie-published poetry collection, You Can’t Have It All. Congratulations, Annis! I’m so excited for you. Q: Please share your background (educational/where you grew up): I grew up mostly in Detroit, Michigan and attended public schools. Not knowing what I might want […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 16

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 16. *1970 (age 12): Hot Dog Day. I was mean to Bob so I didn’t get to have hot dogs. So what!!! First, if you’ve been following along, Hot Dog Day was a big deal to me. (Funny, because now I can’t stand to eat them!) Second, note the […]

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Snippets From The Past – April 15

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 15. *1970 (age 12): Vicki and I went bike riding to Safeway and Family Farmacy. Went to her house and at dinner over there. Love the way I spelled ‘Pharmacy.’ We used to ride bikes all over and Safeway and Family Pharmacy were two of our favorite destinations to […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 14

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 14. *1970 (age 12): Gym Day. Went on trampoline – fun. Went to Piano Class. On one page I got a racoon because I played excellently. I wasn’t fond of the trampoline, but I guess that day’s experience was much better. The infamous stickers in piano class. A racoon […]

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My Biggest Struggle – Motivation

In March, I posed a question to my newsletter subscribers, “What is your biggest writing struggle?” I received quite a few responses and will continue to answer them in upcoming “Writing Tips” blog posts. Reader Question: My biggest struggle with writing right now is getting motivated! How do you motivate yourself to sit down and […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 8

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 8. *1970 (age 12): Sue’s birthday. (10) Got new piano books. Also, Mom got a harmonica & plastic flute. Mom got a letter from Aunt Clare in Portland and it said that Uncle Joe has lung cancer also in other parts where it’s very dangerous. My sister, Sue, was […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 6

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 6. *1970 (age 12): No School (Teacher’s In Service Meeting). Went to Pennies and got 2 bras, 1 shirt, 3 pairs of unders, a pink nightgown, and a yellow polka dot robe. First of all, it was Penney’s. Second, I give myself a big high-five for all the details, […]

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Snippets From the Past – April 5

Snippets from my five-year diary. April 5. *1970 (age 12): Mass. Vicki stayed over last night. I went to her house. Somewhat confusing entry. If Vicki stayed over at my house, but then I said I went to her house… was that after or before she stayed over? Ambiguous, yet intriguing. *1971 (age 13): Mon. […]

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