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Thinking about Writing a First Draft

How Writing the First Draft is like Paying Down a Mortgage

I recently got back from a four-day writing retreat, focused on writing the first draft of my new book, Traveler. The retreat was very Thoreau, except with wine and friends and lots of girl talk. It was amazing. Not just because of the free writing time, with no obligations other than to myself and my […]

Writing Advice for Authors of Women's Fiction

Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.

“Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.” ~ Red Smith If you’ve been a writer for any length of time, you’ve heard this advice and then some. So what more could I tell you about writing? First Please, please, please don’t actually open up your veins and bleed to get a story […]

Cruising Writers Writing Retreats

A Writer’s Cruise? Who could say no? Money is an issue, you say?This is the best value you’re ever going to find. Sure, you get unlimited food, the beautiful ship, pools, gambling, shows. You get the destinations and shore excursions. You may even get a towel elephant on your bed at night. But let me tell you about what you […]