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Saturday, most of the 42 members of our writer’s critique group gathered for our annual Christmas party. At first glance it might seem we all took a day away from our writing to celebrate this important anniversary of Jesus’ birth. … Continue reading

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You can’t be taught to write. You can learn the mechanics, but the creativity comes from your right brain, your heart, your soul, your life experiences. Don’t let anyone steal it, not even your left brain. How many times we … Continue reading

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It may seem strange for me to say this, but the first step in getting published is to produce a complete body of work that is the best you have ever written. Some writers try to go at it backwards … Continue reading

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In the nearly 30 years I’ve been writing, it’s always amazed me how many people I meet say they want to write a book someday. At first I was never sure what to say to them. Later, I began to … Continue reading

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How to Have a Writing Career

When I first started writing I had an electric typewriter from Sears and a desk in the kitchen. At the end of a day I’d be ankle deep in ripped out pages which I’d rewritten tenaciously. Four novels later I … Continue reading

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Holding a Writer’s Conference

Saturday our Northwest Arkansas Writer’s Workshop critique group held a free writer’s conference in Fayetteville. We were hosted by the kind folks at Ozarks Electric in their community room. It was filled to capacity by some 80 writers, some of … Continue reading

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New Contract

We’ve been home from San Antonio a couple of weeks now, and things are settling down. I’ve signed a contract with Old American Publishing for my book about the lost communities of the Boston Mountains in the Arkansas Ozarks. No … Continue reading

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