Tag Archives: creativity

The Beauty of Imperfection

Perfection doesn’t breed creativity. Raise your hand if you were raised by a parent who was a perfectionist. OK, now raise your hand if you had an older adult in your life sometime in your childhood who was a perfectionist: … Continue reading

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What a Capsule Wardrobe Taught me About Writing

In a recent post on my site, I talked about writing simply and how changes in my real life (exploring minimalism) caused changes in my writing and editing. About a year ago I started to follow blogs like Becoming Minimalist … Continue reading

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Writing Time and an Open Mind

Last week I had the pleasure to teach at the Burlington Writers Workshop, a very cool nonprofit organization in Vermont which helps writers to grow in the craft. My workshop title was, “Writing a Novel in 15 Minutes.” I have … Continue reading

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What do YOU Need as a Writer?

Attending writing-related events proves fruitful in more ways than one. In addition to spending time with like-minded, creative people, you also learn more about the struggles and challenges that writers face. Do any of these sound familiar? The un-published author who … Continue reading


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Organization & Accountability (Or the Tedium of the Mundane)

Somehow when we picture ourselves as “real writers” or better yet, “bestselling authors,” the vision is one filled with glitz and glamour. Exciting parties. Titillating conversation with other wordsmiths. Champagne toasts over brie, whirlwind book tours, and readers discussing our … Continue reading

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Yoga for Crime Writers: AKA Corpse Pose

Crime Bake is a wonderful way to connect with writers, agents, editors, publishers and readers who love crime writing. But the annual conference also carries with it some baggage, in the form of physical and mental stress. Enter author and … Continue reading

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Writers’ challenges to help you…write

As I start getting psyched for November to arrive, I thought I’d share some writing-related challenges that may help give you the ‘it factor’ that you need to reach your goals. November is best known (to me) for National Novel … Continue reading

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Linda Barnes Interview

Linda Barnes, one of New England’s most celebrated mystery writers, author of four Michael Spraggue novels and twelve Carlotta Carlyle novels, has kindly agreed to talk to us about her newest novel, The Perfect Ghost. Welcome, Linda. Nancy: After your … Continue reading

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Mary Buckham Interview

In a just few days, SinCNE will proudly sponsor a specially adapted Mary Buckham online class: Pacing: How to Create a Page Turning Mystery Manuscript. If you haven’t already signed up, do so here: http://www.sincne.org/events/register-our-customized-online-pacing-course-mary-buckham Mary is an award-winning romantic-suspense … Continue reading

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Week 10 of a citizen’s police academy

Alas, the time has come. (I don’t use “alas” very often, so am taking advantage of this opportunity.) Citizen’s police academy has come to an end. The 10 weeks flew by, and I gained a lot of great insight and … Continue reading

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