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Everyone Wants to Write a Book by Connie Vines

February 13, 2017 by in category Writing tagged as , , , ,

  Topic for February: Everybody wants to write a book, but most do not.  Writing is hard work. What got you started, and what helps you get through a complete story? How many times have you heard someone say, “Someday I’m going to write a book?” Many a time, I”m certain.  However, most do not. […]

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Creating the Bond of Friendship in Your Novel by Connie Vines

November 13, 2016 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , ,

Nearly every book I’ve read has a protagonist. And all of those protagonists were surrounded by several, if not a great many, friends. Within my own stories, my protagonists have quite a few friends. Among those friends, there are usually one or two, maybe three, friends that the protagonist is especially close to. One of […]

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Oh Mercury Retrograde, Are You Here Again? by Connie Vines

September 13, 2016 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , ,

Oh, Mercury retrograde. You are here, AGAIN. You have arrived on our collective doorsteps in all your messy glory.  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here we go. The planets are swinging around at all times, and their movements affect us all in different ways. All planets go retrograde, but Mercury’s journey […]

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You Can Edit Your Own Work by Connie Vines

July 13, 2016 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , , , ,

‘Do I really need to hire a professional editor?’ When you are busy writing your first draft, you can definitely edit your own work.  An editor is usually brought in only when you have a complete manuscript. Whether you’re at an early stage of writing your novel or you can’t afford to hire an editor at […]

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Brain Food for Writers by Connie Vines

June 13, 2016 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , ,

It wasn’t until I completed this blog post that I realized that my title, well. . .carried an unintended double meaning. My featured novella this month — Here Today, Zombie Tomorrow– is a Zombie story. And today’s topic is brain food.  Well, brain food for writers, anyway. On deadline? Obsessed with your current storyline?  Forfeiting […]

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Vintage Perfumes: The Fragrances That Defined Each Decade by Connie Vines

May 13, 2016 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , , , , , ,

Nothing can transport you back in time like a fragrance. They say that your sense of smell is the most powerful and evocative sense, and it’s true: Emeraude reminds me of my mother, Quorum my husband, and Halston Z-14 reminds me of my teens and guys who bathed in a cologne—rather than indulging in a […]

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Research: Does Inaccuracy in a Novel Bother You? By Connie Vines

April 13, 2016 by in category Blogs tagged as , , , , , ,

 I blog weekly on two sites (in addition to my own) and monthly on four  website, I thought I’d post a topic from my Round Robin Series. Topic: All story genres take some research for establishing details in the setting. What type of research have you had to do? Does it bother you when you […]

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