As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been writing for many years. Professionally, I’ve written hundreds if not thousands of blog posts, magazine articles, newsletters, white papers, product web pages, etc. and edited many more, plus a few books. And on the side, I’ve written fiction for seven years now. I have four complete manuscripts–all in the…

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Say you’re someone who, because of the current pandemic, lost their job. You’re desperately looking for another full-time job–among so many others–while trying to come up with ways to earn money online as a possible alternate source of income in the meantime. Or say you’re a married someone who stays at home and cares for…

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Last week, I shared with you some books on how to not be scared. I know a lot of you are at least nervous or shaken, if not downright quivering in your boots with the fear of possibly getting sick with the corona virus, watching a loved one get sick, or losing your job. I…

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I’ve been reading several self-help books lately to help me through some tough times, and I’ve reached a decision. Actually, multiple decisions. One: job hunts are not fun. (Fortunately, mine just ended. Yay!) Two: talking things out with close family, friends, and good therapists helps me a lot. Three: all self-help books are different from…

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THE ULTIMATE JOB SEARCH GUIDE in white letters over a blue background.

In my months-long job search, I’ve learned a lot of things. I knew job searches could be hard because I’ve experienced that, but I’d forgotten how hard they could be.  I’ve learned that these days, it’s all about getting past the resume database, making yourself stand out, which can be difficult in a crowded field.…

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If you’ve been writing  fiction for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat series of books. They’re books that were originally written to help screenwriters improve their craft, but became quite popular among writers of many creative disciplines because they provide a very accurate, concise, and some would even say…

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"Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression" over a pile of white word pieces with various emotions (i.e., "anger," "amusement") in big black letters on each tile.

I don’t know about you other writers, but sometimes I’ve struggled to find different ways to show character’s emotions, rather than tell. I think it’s part of every writer’s journey to learn the difference between showing and telling (e.g., “she cried” vs. “she felt sad”) then think of the myriad ways in which emotion can…

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“Frida Kahlo had polio as a child,” said Francesca Lia Block in her book The Thorn Necklace, referring to the painter, “survived a horrific accident at eighteen that shattered her body and pierced her pelvis with an iron hand rail, and suffered through a number of resulting miscarriages. To add insult to injury, her husband…had an…

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This past week has been an interesting one as I gained a lot of insight into a problem I’ve been having, and took steps to resolve it, and as my husband and I talked about what he wants to do “when he grows up.” In the midst of that, I continued revising my first book, Forced,…

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