Inspiration: Work, Not Woo-Woo

Those who don’t write seem fascinated by where story ideas come from, as if it’s some vast mystery. A few authors like to reinforce that impression by giving woo-woo explanations: the stories appear to them in dreams, they say, or the characters suddenly slip into their heads and begin to move and speak. Now, I’m…

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Packing Warning

An excerpt from “Around the World” in 100 Days reads: “If you decide to bring valuable or even semi-valuable pieces (of jewelry) with you, the place to carry them while traveling is in your purse where you can have your hand on them at all times. The next best place is your carry-on bag. Never pack…

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12 Extras for Happier Cruising

Common sense will tell you most of the items you should pack for a cruise. Here are a few you may not have considered, yet may make all the difference in your vacation enjoyment! Beach Bag: A roomy but lightweight bag, preferably with a waterproof lining, can add greatly to your comfort while away from the ship. Beyond…

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Synchronicity and the Writer

We’ve all experienced the odd synchronicity that comes with being a writer. We choose a name for a character only to have it show up next time we watch movie credits roll. We use some obscure mannerism in our books and it’s mentioned in the magazine we pick up at the dentist’s office. We create…

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Ten Tips for Productive Writing

  Create goals. Decide how many pages or words you can comfortably produce in a day, then mark these potential daily totals on your calendar. Be realistic. Allow for rest days, also days when life may intervene—since it always does. Set personal deadlines. Example: You have a six-month editorial deadline, but know you will need…

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