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Writing “The End” is Satisfying and Bittersweet

Finishing a draft fills me with a sense of relief and accomplishment, but a little bit of sadness, too. After months of living in the world of characters in their novel, it’s a sign that it’s over in a way.

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Can’t Take a Shower without My Characters Bugging Me

It never fails. Just when I think I’ll get ten minutes of peaceful relaxation in the shower. No kids or co-workers asking me to do things. Something else happens. My characters start talking to each other, having zippy conversations. I

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Lisa Carlisle Presents Tips on Revising Your Nanowrimo Novel

How many of you participated in National Novel Writing Month this past November, where you pledge to write a 50,000 novel in thirty days? Many authors love it; others hate it. I look forward to the challenge and the idea

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Ten Tips for Surviving Nanowrimo

Ah, sweet November. Nanowrimo. Ah, unforgiving November. This marks my fourth Nanowrimo. I already feel guilty starting this post when I should be working on my word count. So I’ll keep it brief. I’m a working mom who has taken

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Developing a Character with Music – Lisa Carlisle #writing

I love using music to help me develop a character and am talking about it today at Delilah Devlin’s blog. Stop by and check it out! http://www.delilahdevlin.com/blog/2013/02/06/guest-blogger-lisa-carlisle/

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From Fact to Fiction

It’s been four years since I last published a book. Back then, I was on deadline update a book AND write the sequel by a December 31st deadline. By the end of December, I’d burned out and swore in Scarlett O’Hara

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Amaretto, Insomnia, and the Red Shoe Diaries

The last time I was on a writing deadline like this, a routine evolved — drink a glass of Amaretto, listen to Amy Winehouse, type until your fingers hurt, and wake up after a few hours of sleep to creep

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Vampires for Mother’s Day

I love good vampire stories and movies. This Mother’s Day, I decided to kickoff a spring watching some old favorite movies. And since I have a vampire novella coming out soon, why not get a glass of red wine and

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Writing and Insomnia Go Hand in Hand

Are you ever lying in bed, trying to sleep, when lines of dialogue come to you? Characters start to form? Story parts come into your head? When I’m in full writing mode, it’s difficult to sleep. The second my head

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Received My Author Packet

I must say it’s a great feeling to receive an Author’s packet and being welcomed to a group. As a writer, you often work on your own on a project for months, if not years. Then once you sign the

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