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Why is it dark in here?

Recently I joked, “I could’ve written a light comedy.” And my husband replied, “I don’t think you have light comedy in you.” A friend said, “It’s odd because you’re a funny person.” Hey, I didn’t set out to write a dark, emotional novel. I started with an image and went from there. But I don’t … Continue reading

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A Plum Heart

Today a new friend in my life puts her heart out into the world. Her heart should be lifted up and celebrated. Well, perhaps every heart should be. Forgive the potential sappiness. But sometimes sappiness is okay. We don’t have to be all edges and armor every day of the week. (Anyway, I don’t know … Continue reading

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Editing Rehab

Hello. My name is Marta, and I’m an editaholic. I’ve spent hours editing, gotten lost editing, and been unable to remember what I just wrote after editing. After a long night of editing, I’ve woken up with strange characters in my head. During my breaks at work, I’d be eating my lunch and sneaking in … Continue reading

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Editing at Night

    My novel needs work. Every novel needs work. Pick your favorite novel. Is it perfect in every way? What might make it better? Why do people like poorly written books anyway? I hear this a lot about very popular books, “It’s not well written, but…” It must be well written on some level … Continue reading