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On THAT Book

We each have that book, the one novel we could read over and over without growing tired of it. The one with characters we have grown to adore, who feel like family and every time you open the cover to the first page, it feels like coming home.

For me, that book will always be Hope Was Hereby Joan Bauer. Before reading it for the first time, I felt lost as a writer, not sure which genre my voice belonged in or what kind of books I wanted to write. Back then, I dabbled with women’s contemporary stories, murder mysteries, and picture books but nothing felt right. The young adult section in my local bookstore was one I rarely visited, so I can’t quite remember what made me pick up Hope Was Here but by the time I had finished, I was love with not only the story but the genre as well. [click to continue…]

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Third Quarter Goals

Hmm, how did I do with my Second Quarter Goals? Well, I sucked. Big time. And it’s not that I haven’t been working hard. My daily to-do lists have been thoroughly attacked, but still, as far as my goals go, I hadn’t accomplished squat.

Well, I did heal, thank God!

That’s a major biggie! I’m so grateful my partial plantar plate tear has healed and I can run again, something I’ve yet to write about here but talked about in this emotional video. But my other nine goals? Nope, not done. Why?

Because I have absolutely no balance in my life. [click to continue…]

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So you want to be a writer? A Beginner’s Guide

So you want to be a writer? Tips for Beginning Writers

People have often said to me, “I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I’ve never tried because … [insert excuse.]”

If you’re one of those people, I totally understand where you’re coming from. 100%. For most of my life, I never thought it was possible for someone like me to write anything worth reading let alone be published until a hospital visit changed my mind. And now? I can tell you with complete certainty that yes, it is possible for you to be a writer because you have something no other person in the entire world has:

Your own unique voice. [click to continue…]

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Books for Writers: My Top Ten Favorites!

Ten Terrific Books for Writers: Some of my Favorites

Whenever the topic of favorite books for writers comes up, I always mention the same ones over and over again. But they are timeless must-reads for anyone trying to finish their first manuscript, (or twenty-first,) and for those pursuing publication, either traditionally or through self-publishing. So here I go again with a list of my ten favorite books for writers. Feel free to include your favorites in the comments below and I’ll add them in a new post!

Oh and these are not in any particular order of favorites. That would be way too hard! [click to continue…]

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Monday Motivation for Writers

Monday Motivation: Inspiration for Writers

Need a little Monday morning motivation to get your fingers flying and WIP’s whipped into shape this week? Here’s some great words of wisdom from literary pros who know a thing or two:

It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling

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Friday Five: What I've Been Up To!

Well, one thing I clearly have not been up to is keeping up with this blog! Which is bothersome, seeing as how I started Write, Run, Rejoice … yikes, eleven years ago in October, 2006 with the intention of chatting about my writing life and using it as a brain dump. Before then, I started on LiveJournal in September, 2005 by showing my inexperience with blogging:

Last May, I had no clue what ‘blogging’ meant. Is it blowing your nose while jogging? Clogging around the block? Is a ‘blogger’ a blonde lumberjack working for a Swiss logging company?

Huh. I don’t quite understand how the Swiss fits in, but the rest was rather clever. But in the past couple of years, I’ve really been turning my back on this blog, just like I’ve been turning my back on writing and being active in the writing community. Which is sad. I miss it. A lot. [click to continue…]

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