Words. Sometimes, Like Daggers

Words. We’re inundated with them. From friends and loved ones. From strangers. From the constant assault of media. And from words that churn around in our heads—as they do a lot in writers. Or in some people afflicted with certain … Continued

SPR Independent Woman Author Awards: I Got One!

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Self Publishing Review honored me with a Bronze Author Award last week, citing my writing as the main criterion for which they picked me as one of their three awardees for  The SPR Independent Woman Author Awards. Here’s what they … Continued

Writer and Slave: Get Used To It

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You are a writer. Therefore, you’re a slave. To reviews, to courting a readership, to spending hours on tasks not related to writing. Writer and slave: You’re helpless against that bondage. Most writers now are resigned to the fact that … Continued

Why Writers Are Researchers, Too

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Writers are researchers, too. In fact, writers have to be Jacquelines (or Jacks) of many trades. Wordsmiths, grammarians, artists of a certain sort, interviewers, investigators/researchers.  Even counselors. Of these, I’m most comfortable being a researcher. I did  research for graduate … Continued

A Rant: Careless Word Choice

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Ah, how careless we can be with our words! I don’t mean sloppy grammar or style that relies on clichés. I’m talking about careless word choice, particularly when words are chosen to serve a style of writing. Someone sent me … Continued