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Remembering

I am a pretty good gardener. I plant and trim and weed the back yard, and people compliment it. There are a few things I can't grow. Fuchsias don't like me. Neither do yellow daisies or orchids. Violets, though, have always despised me. I have never been able to get a violet to survive, much… Continue reading Remembering

Authors, Interview

Author-go-Round: Nina Day Gerard

This week’s Author-Go-Round interview with Nina Day Gerard may answer some of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about romance writing…but were afraid to ask! Welcome, Nina! Q: How did you become a romance writer? A: I gave myself the title Accidental Romance Writer. I’ve been writing stories since I was in the third… Continue reading Author-go-Round: Nina Day Gerard

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Writing Successfully

I love to write. That doesn't mean I sit down eagerly at the computer every day and write thousands of words. Even with something I love to do, I have to come up with motivation and perseverance. I'm sure it's true for my students, too, especially those who hate to write. My hope today is… Continue reading Writing Successfully

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Revising a Narrative

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, a LOT of people are revising the novels they just finished writing. Revising is a difficult skill to teach. I've told students that revising is changing the words to make it better. That helps them understand, but it really doesn't tell them what to do. I've heard of teachers who… Continue reading Revising a Narrative

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Historical Fiction

Today Sarah Johnson's blog, Reading the Past features an article I wrote. It details the preparation and writing of Under the Almond Trees. It explores the question all historical fiction writers face--how much fact and how much fiction do I include? Click on the picture to the right to read my article. Please leave a… Continue reading Historical Fiction