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How I write and edit

DENY Excerpt

DENY Excerpt

Saturday night I opened a chest I’d kept closed all these years, inside was my Dom gear—a chest harness, bicep harnesses, leather pants and a leather mask I’d worn to masquerades back in the day. At the bottom a photo of Layla smacked me hard. I’d forgotten that photo—white blonde hair and blue eyes stared up at me. She was gorgeous, naïve, and dead. Not even 18 when she’d killed herself, me barely a year older. Do it. I forced…

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Dreams or Goals

Dreams or Goals

Have you ever thought long on whether your aspiration is a dream or a goal? I have in the past few weeks as my dream of becoming a published author became a reality–but then I argued with myself a good long while. Was it a dream? Or a stretch goal? Or just the next step? When both sides were exhausted, I decided that everyone one shouting in my brain was right! Pointless feuding, but that happens all the time. Dreams…

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How I Prepare to Write Fast — Character and Plot

How I Prepare to Write Fast — Character and Plot

So all of us have different styles of writing, and I am naturally a quicker writer, words flow, sometimes faster than my 60wpm fingers can type. Other times, not so much. So this year I added to my prep work before typing my first sentence. I hope you find something you can use among the tools I’ve found that help me best. So I write romance, steamy to erotic usually, and I believe character rules in romance, not that I…

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Necessary Evils of Editing

Necessary Evils of Editing

“When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.” – Stephen King, On Writing   So Have I mentioned I love writing? I do. Did I mention I hate editing? I do. But then, many writers do.  So to combat my toe-curling, stomach-curdling dislike…

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Tools I Can’t Write Without

Tools I Can’t Write Without

  Sound the trumpets, drum roll please. Hell, why not a full orchestra to mark the occasion. I have finished my manuscript. (The heavens part and the sun creates a halo on around my head.) So none of that happened. I started on a whim, and unlike many other attempts at writing a full manuscript I have finished it. And edited it. And edited it. And edited it. You get the idea. When I started in November, I didn’t know…

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