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Embrace the Inner Psychopath: Great Authors Will Even Kill Christmas

Embrace the inner psychopath. If I could only teach ONE ‘trick’ for writing great stories, it would be this: The moral codes that make us excellent citizens make us terrible writers. We have to remember the rules change when dealing in the realms of imagination. Fiction is NOT life, rather it is an imitation of life. …

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Revising a Novel: The Five Stages of Death, Dying & Drama

Today we’re going to talk about revising a novel. It’s a highly emotional and arduous task, but vital. Revising a novel is more than mind-bending work at a computer (or with a red pen for the retro crowd). It’s a tough emotional experience that can blindside us and land us in the mire if we …

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Gym Bug Season: When You Want to Get Swole Not Parole

As an author, speaker, trainer, blogger, wife and mother, it’s super important for me to strive for work-life balance (Translation: Don’t go to jail). For instance…blogging on something completely different for a change. On, per se…working OUT. Because seriously. Without time to decompress, get rid of pent up energy and anxiety, well that’s when I …

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The Key to Greatness: Get Your Head Out of Your ‘But’

Get your head out of your ‘but.’ Yes, that’s ‘but’ with a singular ‘t.’ If we want to accomplish anything remarkable we have to own all of it—the good, the bad, the ugly. Often fears, doubts, insecurities, and bad habits wriggle in, and they’re so sly it’s frequently tough to notice them. How do we …

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Show Me Ye Olde Money! How Money Drives Drama

Money, writing, history, historical fiction

Money is fundamental to our lives but taboo in polite conversation…much like sex. But just like sex, money is one of the main drivers of human behavior. And what do we pattern our characters’ behavior on? Yup. Exactly. Now, of course, I would never be so crass as to suggest that any of our protagonists …

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