Many Writers are Seen as Proven, Powerful Entrepreneurs

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As an entrepreneur, I think I’ve been in denial about a little thing called stress, for years. Perhaps “ignorance” is more accurate than “denial,” though. It’s just that I always thought of “stress” as something suffered by working moms, high powered lawyers, and people in the midst of divorce. As for me: I’m self employed, … Read more

I Started a Controversial New Writer’s Group I Love

I’ve finally done it. Bitten the proverbial bullet. Made myself a “leader” of a “writer’s group.” It’s a group where we practice creativity, which  is, after all, a skill. Honestly, I stay away from writer’s groups as a rule because … who was it that said, “I’d never join a group that would have me … Read more

A Memoirist’s Ultimate Question

As a memoir ghostwriter, the question clients probably ask me most often is, “Will anyone actually want to read about this subject matter?” My honest answer isn’t yes or no, because, let’s face it, there’s no way to read the minds of millions of potential readers. The best answer I, as a ghostwriter, can honestly … Read more

Funny Flash Memoir is Found in the Best Dating Profiles

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“If you’re a doe-eyed, raven-haired beauty with ninja skills, who speaks five languages and saves the world in her spare time, you should probably move on, but if you’re an accountant who wouldn’t mind taking care of a couple bookkeeping issues when I fall behind, I’d cherish you like a queen.” So begins the online … Read more

Careless Inconsistency Frustrates Even the Best Stories

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Let’s face it, Game of Thrones is having a serious identity crisis. It thinks it’s The Walking Dead, now. Careless inconsistencies abound! From a fiction writer’s perspective, the situation is disturbing. Sure, Walking Dead doesn’t own the zombie archetype. Anyone can use it, but it’s about the way Thrones is using it. Zombie Weapons: More … Read more

Did I Accidentally Write a Young Adult Adventure Novel?

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Recent run-ins with youngsters that like my book Bits of String too Small to Save have made me wonder, is my novel Young Adult adventure? Is it children’s literature? Or is it simply its own literary phenomenon? (that sounded arrogant) Agents and publishers and people who really ought to know have told me the book … Read more

The Theme of Home

Now that Bits of String Too Small to Save is out–ebook, paperback, hardback, the works–I can and must concentrate on the sequel. Predictably, I began by taking ElizabethAnn through a portal to another world, this one by the sea, where tentacled sea monsters mess with peoples’ heads and hearts. Yet, I’m conscious to retain home … Read more