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I get my best ideas while walking

As I explained in an earlier post, I do my best writing in the early morning. When I’m finished, I put it aside and do something else until the following morning. I walk two miles each day, weather permitting. Since beginning my novel, I’ve found that this daily forty minute constitutional gives me ideas that […]

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To read or not to read

Years ago, I interviewed Dr. Frank Slaughter, prolific writer of medical and historical fiction. I asked him what he read for personal enjoyment. His response: “Nothing, when I’m writing. I don’t want anything else to influence me.” I’ve since talked to authors who advise, “If you want to write, read,” their point being that other […]

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When to write?

Writing coaches advise aspiring authors to develop a regular work habit, a routine that ensures that there is time set aside each day for writing. Stephen King claims that he writes every day except Christmas and his birthday, to which a friend replied that King was lying, that he writes on Christmas and his birthday […]

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Scrivener

A few years ago when I was still consulting, I discovered a writing program called Scrivener. It was then available only on the Mac operating system, but has since been ported to Windows. I used it to develop complex client reports and, as I began working on my forthcoming novel, wrapped it around me. Scrivener […]

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton