Character names

I have been asked how I select the names of characters.  Sometimes I look through a phone book or newspaper (the bridal and baby-brag pages provide some interesting contemporary names). …

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Paper vs Digital

Many people I know prefer to read print books. They like the feel of the paper, some even like the smell of a standard book. I have to admit, I…

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Time to read

Some of my friends and acquaintances have expressed an inability to “find the time” to read, or a lack of “the motivation” to read, or difficulty recalling the story line…

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Reading with a dictionary

Do I use too many big words?  Some say that writers should choose vocabulary that would be appropriate for someone in grade school.  Certainly, those writing non-fiction, and especially how-to’s,…

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Fame

Some of my friends and acquaintances express a belief that I “could be famous.”  Do I want to be famous?  Not particularly.  But being successful is not necessarily about fame. …

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Expertise

I consider myself an ordinary person.  Not especially erudite or knowledgeable.  (To paraphrase someone—I forget who—my education has not been hampered by formal schooling.)  A Jill of all trades and…

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Fiction preferences

My tastes are eclectic and experiences varied, and my writing reflects that diversity.  True, most of my stories are romances, or at least contain a strong romantic component even if…

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Becoming a writer

Many writers have university degrees, established careers in the literary world, or experience in professions or opportunities to travel that provide a background for their writing.  On the other hand,…

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