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Scrambling Letters with Catherine Castle

Scrambling Letters with Catherine Castle

When freelancing for the newspaper, I had to use shorthand to write fast, so I developed a method of writing without consonants. It’s amazing how fast I could go and still figure out the words.

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When Friends Become Characters

When Friends Become Characters

When Friends Become Characters by Anne Montgomery Authors are often asked how they create characters. In my case, as my friends and family now realize, they are sometimes inspired by people I know. My long-time sweetie pie seemed shocked when he read his words coming...
Planning Writing Time

Planning Writing Time

How a Task Swells to Fill the Time allotted. Parkinson’s Law originated with Cyril Parkinson in a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955 and was reprinted in Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress by John Murray (1958). The law states that work will...
Puzzling Out Cozy Mysteries

Puzzling Out Cozy Mysteries

Janis Lane takes over my blog today with some advice on writing cozy mysteries. For me, pulling together the pieces of a cozy mystery dictates the same patience as a family working a picture puzzle. The other day I listened to my daughter teach her young son a...
Villainous Writing Advice

Villainous Writing Advice

I like reading advice on writing from other authors. Many times I find really great ideas that help improve my own writing abilities. For example, in On Writing, Stephen King (2001) recommends listening to music to help a writer block out the world and focus on the...