Misadventures in Editing: Don’t Bite the Hand that Writes You!

Ever wondered what a writer goes through when editing a work-in-progress?  Here’s your chance to find out.  Take a look at some of the conversations I’ve had with my characters while editing my current novel. If something like this has ever happened to you, please tell me in the comments. “No, no,” Dr. Palmer said, shaking his head. “I can’t have…

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Misadventures in Editing: Potty Talk

Ever wondered what a writer goes through when editing a work-in-progress?  Here’s your chance to find out.  Take a look at some of the conversations I’ve had with my characters while editing my current novel. If something like this has ever happened to you, please tell me in the comments. “Please come out,” Celeste whined while tapping on the door…

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Misadventures in Editing: A Discussion with Dr. Palmer

Ever wondered what a writer goes through when editing a work-in-progress?  Here’s your chance to find out.  Take a look at some of the conversations I’ve had with my characters while editing my current novel. Dr. Palmer squirmed in his chair.  I’m no mind reader, but I’d guess by glancing at the straight jacket wrapped around his upper torso, he…

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Misadventures in Editing – The Round Table Discussion

Ever wondered what a writer goes through when editing a work-in-progress?  Here’s your chance to find out.  Take a look at some of the conversations I’ve had with my characters while editing my current novel. There they sat – waiting for me.  I stood behind the two-way mirror watching as my characters walked into the conference room, each taking a…

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Dear Ellen: It’s not writer’s block

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres.  Why? Because I Can! Dear Ellen, My main character whines a lot.  All day long I listen to her complain. “It’s not fair,” she says, “I want to be thin!” I keep telling her that I think it’s good for younger girls to see that the star of a novel isn’t a stick figure.…

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Dear Ellen: Sometimes I Can’t Remember

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres.  Why? Because I Can! Dear Ellen, Yesterday, I got into an argument with my 3 1/2-year-old.  The argument went something like this: Me: Yes! Him: No! Me: Yes! Him: No! Me: Yes! Yes! Yes! Him: No! No! No! (Right around here, I realized I had no idea what we were even fighting over. So,…

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Dear Ellen: Sometimes We Have to Say No

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres.  Why? Because I Can! Dear Ellen, My baby boy is 3 1/2 and struggling a little bit to speak.  We’ve been working with him and whenever he’s able to ask for something using a complete – or almost complete sentence – we reward him by giving him whatever it is he asked for. Now…

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