Category: the Writing Process

Writing Process

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Establishing a Writing Routine: My Best Tips

Establishing a writing routine can be a challenge for many newer writers.  There’s plenty of advice out there on how to establish a routine, so I decided to compile a list of the strategies that worked for me. Make Writing a Priority:  If being published is your goal, then you must make writing a priority.  […]

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My Writing Strength: Snappy Dialogue

Writers often are asked, “What is your strength?  Narrative or dialogue?”  That’s an easy question for me to answer.  My writing strength is dialogue. My characters’ dialogue rarely changes between the rough draft and the published version. My narrative passages, on the other hand, will go through five or more drafts.  I blame my journalism […]

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Origins of Angel Surnames: Accuracy in Historical Fiction Writing

In the course of writing Angel of Mercy, I did some research into the origin of the family’s surnames. This is what I found out: Bartlette – English with some pockets in Scotland Steward – Scottish-English Goodwin – English Grey – Anglo-Saxon Taylor – English with French origins Winthrop – from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Appleton […]

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“Mama, We All Go to Hell”

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Who would have guessed a hard rock song could inspire an entire historical fiction novel? But that’s exactly what happened with my novel, Angel of Mercy.  It was inspired entirely by the song “Mama” from My Chemical Romance‘s album Welcome to the Black Parade. The song begins and […]

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History That Speaks to My Soul

History has long been a passion of mine. It began in childhood when my mother read me the Little House on the Prairie series. Since that time, I have read volumes of history books, taken classes for the sure pleasure of learning, watched documentaries, and been drawn to historical fiction movies and television programs, sometimes […]

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