Category: On Writing – Fiction

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7 Facts You Need to Know to Land a Writing Agent – #LTUE2015

One of the best (and most entertaining) panels at #LTUE2016 was given by the lovely and vivacious Alyson Peterson, the author of Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return. As both a published author and former agent slush pile reader, she was a wealth of information on how to find the perfect agent and not get on…
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Creative Honesty: Lies and Truth in LDS Storytelling

Recently, I have been working on a fictional story that is very personal. It involves some things from my past that are traumatic and hard for me to bring up. Finishing was difficult. It left me razed and empty. What’s more, is that I know that I will never be able to publish it or…
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All the Unborn Words

I suppose there are a lot of things I could write about today. I haven’t been here for a few months, so there’s some catching up to do. I’m going to give you a short timeline so you can feel like you’ve been there: November – Our family moves to Vernal, UT to follow the…
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

The best thing about social media is that you get to meet so many amazing and cool people! Case in point: from my limited (and harrowing) time on Twitter, I made friends with a plethora of interesting writers, each of them uniquely talented and inspiring. One of these lovely people was the incredible Nillu Stelter,…
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Carolina Drama – 10 Secrets of Good Microfiction, Courtesy of the Raconteurs

I have a thing for Jack White. It’s really not fair to start this post without being 100% honest about that. And, although there are a thousand fantastic songs that tell stories- Carrying Cathy, by Ben Folds Five, Me and Bobby McGee, by Janis Joplin, Ode to Billie Joe, by Bobbie Gentry, Lola, by the…
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Dark Thoughts – My Writing Process

  Wow. I’ve been doing a lot of connecting with cool people lately, and this week has been one of the best ever for trying out new writing experiences. Not only did I get nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by my friend Amy Good, but I was asked to participate in a blog hop…
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I Want to Thank the Academy…

  Guess what?! That amazing, talented, and nice-smelling Amy Good nominated me for an award. ME!! Now, I just have to find all that gold bullion that she requested… Actually, I’m not paying her. In fact, she nominated me for The Most Versatile Blogger award without any kind of coercion whatsoever. This is a huge honor…
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Death of the Muse

  I have been very involved recently – Attempting to move to the middle of nowhere (a.k.a Montana), starting my own business with actual employees and getting my grubby little hands involved in the #FP website (which I designed and am maintaining). All of this is being done on the side of my regular work…
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Adult Sleepover: Camp Castaway

No one sleeps at a sleepover. Now that I am on the other side of 30, I can clearly see that sleepovers were invented by the Devil. I mean, what good, uplifting stuff happens at a sleepover? Unless you count the transcendental feeling of flying that is induced by 48 hours with no sleep and…
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How Not to Write a Book in 7 Easy-to-Screw-Up Steps

 So, there you are.  You have a brilliant idea that is just chewing its way out of your skull and you have decided to sit down and finally write it.  Great for you!  Fortunately, there is a billion dollar industry that is just dying to tell you how to accomplish your goal of being a…
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“Act III: Everybody’s Dead” or “Screwing the Punchline”

I find myself in a particularly creative mood today.  Abigail is happily watching an animated television show that ran for 3 weeks on HBO called “The Neverending Stories,” based on the movie.  I am back at my current addiction, shooting Facebook intravenously into the vein in my big toe.  So, I thought I’d  put the…
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The Art of Procrastination

I procrastin ate. As a writer, It’s important to procrastinate. In fact, I don’t trust any writer without a good, strong dose of the stuff. Who really wants to sit down and fully flesh out a whole story, outline, or chapter in one sitting?  No one sentient.  So the truly polished writer spaces this gargantuan task out among…
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