News, On Writing

League of Utah Writers Conference

Thank you to all those who worked so hard to put the writers' conference together and make it a success. I enjoyed it very much, learned a lot, and made some new friends. Thanks to all the presenters and teachers, and for the keynote speaker, Mette Ivie Harrison, whose address was very inspiring. Thank you also… Continue reading League of Utah Writers Conference

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News, On Writing

A Study in Mystery

For six weeks, my husband and I have been taking a writing class.  A Study in Mystery, taught by the entertaining and highly knowledgeable Johnny Worthen, has taken us from the history of the mystery genre to inventing our characters, to outlining scenes and figuring out where to put the clues, and on to actually… Continue reading A Study in Mystery

Personal updates

Truth

Last night at Greek class, our teacher was taking words apart and explaining their origins and meanings. I always find this fascinating. Language is a fluid, growing thing. A word is not just a word. With twenty-six letters in the English language and millions of combinations of said letters, we form countless words and ideas… Continue reading Truth

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Writers are Everywhere

Last month I was in LaVerkin, a very small town in southern Uah -- not a place you would expect to meet fellow writers.  My husband and I went to our friends' house to visit, and to my surprise, a writers' group meeting was about to take place at their house.  Our friends' daughter and… Continue reading Writers are Everywhere

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NaNoWriMo begins again!

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  My daughter introduced me to NaNoWriMo a few years ago.  I thought it would be fun, but I never got organized enough to follow through.  Last November I took up the challenge, and in one month I wrote a novel. It was a heady, exhilarating experience.  I… Continue reading NaNoWriMo begins again!

Book Reviews

Rose Daughter

Last night I finished rereading Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley, which is a gorgeous retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  Actually, this is Robin’s second version of Beauty and the Beast.  I read the first one, Beauty, when it was first published in 1978, and I absolutely loved it.  I’ve reread it so many times… Continue reading Rose Daughter

Personal updates, The Sixth Power

The Sixth Power

Last January I published my first novel, The Sixth Power.  A lot has happened in the past year.  I've learned a lot about publishing and marketing.  I've also learned a tremendous amount about the craft of writing.  Attending workshops, reading other people's blogs and books (and applying their ideas) and writing both my blog and… Continue reading The Sixth Power

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Wise Words

I am reading A Circle of Quiet, by Madeleine L’Engle.  How I wish she was still alive!  I would love to sit down with her over lunch and discuss books and ideas.  She had so many wise things to say.  Here is just one of them:  “A great painting, or symphony, or play, doesn’t diminish… Continue reading Wise Words

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The Joy of Creating

People have an inborn need to create. It’s not about how much money you can make from it or how good at it you are, you just HAVE to do it. You have a driving NEED to paint that painting, or play that song, or write that story, or decorate that cake, or grow beautiful… Continue reading The Joy of Creating

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Characters

Where Do Characters Come From? One of the most exciting things about being a writer is creating the characters. Some characters are carefully planned -- their strengths, their weaknesses, their physical appearance -- based on what your story needs. Some come from dreams. C.S. Lewis had a dream about a faun wearing a scarf, carrying… Continue reading Characters