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What I Have Learned So Far – Sharing Secret One!

During the course of the year, I’ve learned quite a bit. I’m going to share it a little at a time. No need to overwhelm anyone. Secret 1 – Never give up. Never surrender. This isn’t an easy thing, but … Continue reading

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What A Writer Needs – Part 1

I’m pitch hitting for Gerri tonight due to an illness.  Which brings me to one of the most important things a writer needs in his or her life–sleep. Sleep restores us. It builds our energies. For some of us, sleep … Continue reading

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Where Do You Find Inspiration?

Writers, film makers, artists, dancers, designers, builders and just about everyone finds inspiration to create or do something.   I write from my dreams but often those dreams came because a topic or idea inspired them. Sometimes places influence stories. They may even become … Continue reading

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The Devil’s in the Details: Food

Characters eat.  What they eat and how they eat it can be very revealing about their character. In the movie “Grosse Pointe Blank”,  John John Cusack plays a hit man.   When he meets a rival hit man for lunch and terms … Continue reading

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The Devil’s in the Details: The Name Game by Susan Hanniford Crowley

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;” –William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet A name might only a small detail, but it isn’t.  It influences how readers feel about and … Continue reading

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The Devil’s in the Details, Part 3 and also Comic Book Day

Before we begin, I want everyone to know that in the United States, today is National Comic Book Day.  Participating comic book stores will be giving away comics.  I will be enjoying in this annual quest for goodies. **************************************************************************************** The … Continue reading

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The Devil’s in the Details, Part 2 by Susan Hanniford Crowley

Last week we talked about the details being in an item.  An item so powerful it practically became a character in the story. This week, your detail is more subtle but equally pivotal and powerful. It’s an action once taken … Continue reading

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