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The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Or third, or I suppose now I'm starting on a fourth... I first published this post after releasing my first novel in 2019. Since then, I completed the second book that I was writing about and released it as Where Shall I Flee? in November of 2021. Now I'm working… Continue reading The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

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Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

I'm on the verge of launching a new story, which means introducing new protagonists and hoping they "play well" together. While their personalities are different than the characters from my first book, (i.e. the characters this post was about when I wrote it a few years ago) the lessons are essentially the same. I hope… Continue reading Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

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The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild

Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Hello again, Readers and Writers! My 2020-2021 school year, also known as "Teaching in Covid-World: Take Two" is all wrapped up. Summer break has started, and in good Pacific Northwest fashion it's been drizzling fitfully and will probably continue to do so until July 5th. Ah well. Who needs sunshine?… Continue reading The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild

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The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

This June, after years of research, rewrites, and editing, I published my first novel. Putting my paper and binding "baby" out into the world was exhilarating, terrifying,  exhausting... but it's done! That mountain is scaled! And then... I had the first reader ask, "When's the next one coming out?!" Don't misunderstand me- having people ask… Continue reading The Challenges of Writing That Second Book

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What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

There are plenty of things to poke fun at in Minnesota. Don't get me wrong, I love the state of my birth- even after years away, it still feels like home. But just as it's easy to give a beloved family member a hard time for his quirks, it's easy to laugh at the little… Continue reading What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

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Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

I first posted this over a year ago, before most of you had joined me here. It seemed worth a revisit, in hopes that the little writing lessons I have learned (sometimes the hard way!) will be useful.  -Anne Playgrounds are difficult. Supervising three children on our morning excursions leaves me longing for my afternoon coffee.… Continue reading Whaddya Mean You Don’t Like My Protagonist?!

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Writing the (Gulp!) Love Scene

I do not come from an emotive people. I’m a Midwesterner by birth. The joke goes that there are three standard responses in our conversations. #1: “That’s not too bad.” This is suitable for any event from neutral to amazingly super awesome. #2: “That’s not too good.” This choice works for anything from a minor… Continue reading Writing the (Gulp!) Love Scene

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What If My Writing Stinks, and I Don’t Know It?

“I was given a manuscript to read, but it was so bad I sent it back/deleted it immediately.” “A friend asked me to read their writing. I tried, but I couldn’t think of anything nice to say, so I just gave it back and said I didn’t have the time.” “I wrote my first novel… Continue reading What If My Writing Stinks, and I Don’t Know It?

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10 Tips for Surviving the ‘Query Crazies’

I am excellent at encouraging my children to be patient. I am less than excellent at following my own advice. When I submitted my first round of query letters to literary agents a couple of weeks ago, I knew that waiting for a response was just part of the game. Ok, they all say to… Continue reading 10 Tips for Surviving the ‘Query Crazies’

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Nightmare Season

It's my nightmare season. I had my first one just this week. After twelve years, I ought to expect them. Each is a little different, but it's just a theme and variations. I've named them "the teacher nightmares." I stand in front of the classroom.  I have all of my plans in my head, ready to go,… Continue reading Nightmare Season