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Subtext: Two Plus Two Equals A Reader Connection

Eons ago, at my first SCBWI Prairie Writer’s Day Conference, I heard the popular writing tip “show, don’t tell.” That catch phrase should be writing advice to live by, except this wide-eyed newbie didn’t understand how to “show.” I jumped … Continue reading

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Can Kids Relate to Structural Engineering?

I never thought my day job as a structural engineer designing bridges would ever intersect with my dream job writing for children. Right-brain pursuits never cross paths with left-brain projects. Yet somehow they have, with a little help from my … Continue reading

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The Objective Correlative

In writing, as with many other aspects of life, you don’t know how much you don’t know until someone wiser teaches you. I started out over ten years ago knowing nothing other than I loved reading stories and wanted to … Continue reading

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Secret Hobbies

Ten years ago writing was my secret hobby. I had a story bubbling inside of me that slowly seeped out in stolen moments alone with my laptop. That secret hobby morphed over time from “something just for me” into a … Continue reading

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Writing Four Hours A Day

In his book, On Writing, Steven King said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” That concept is the foundation of the VCFA MFA in … Continue reading

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VCFA WCYA Residency: My Trip to Hogwarts

Vermont College of Fine Arts. A.K.A. Brigadoon This place bears an uncanny resemblance to Hogwarts. The staircases don’t move, but the buildings seep tradition and history. There’s an eerie fog. A forest off in the distance. Even a bathroom stall … Continue reading

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Starting the New Year with New Art Forms

It’s no secret I’m a creature of habit. If my online calendar crashed, my life would fall into utter chaos. I make lists. Even lists of my lists. There’s only one way to juggle so many balls for myself, my … Continue reading

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Writing Characters Who Don’t Look Like You

Last weekend my critique partner and I journeyed into Chicago for SCBWI Prairie Writer’s Day. Once again it was an event filled with awesome people in the publishing industry (or aspiring to be), invaluable knowledge, and heaps of inspiration. This … Continue reading

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The Low Residency Degree

Last Wednesday my phone rang while I was on a lunch date with my husband. When I saw Montpelier, VT, on the caller id, I squealed right there in the middle of Chipotle. I was accepted into the Vermont College … Continue reading

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Forced Growth

Every writing conference I attend hammers the same key writing slogans. “Show, Don’t Tell” is the favorite, followed closely by “Characters must grow and change.” But do they really choose to grow? Or do relationships with those around them force … Continue reading

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