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Tips for Keeping Track of Vital Information in Your Novel

First published in The Broadsheet. February 2005

Let’s face it, write a novel, and you need to find a reliable method of keeping track of informational details. Write a fantasy trilogy (as I am doing), and suddenly you need to keep track of everything in the last two books, plus the third one you’re working on. Imagine yourself in the fifth chapter of the last book, inserting character information that contradicts what you already said in book one! Maybe it’s only an eye color shift, but maybe it’s a shift in religious beliefs or suddenly your heroine becomes an orphan, though earlier she had a mother and a father.

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Publishing your first commercial novel

First published in State of the Arts, Montana Arts Council, September/October, 2004. 22-23.

You’ve triumphantly typed those lovely last words “The End.” Congratulations! You’ve finished your commercial novel. Now what do you do? Like almost every writer who finishes a novel, you undoubtedly would like to see your book in print. But how to get an editor to even look at it, much less buy it?

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First published in The Writers Post Journal. February 2005. 61-62.

You hear of it often. The loneliness of writing. The cliches: blood, sweat and tears. The urge to do anything else—scrub the toilet or scrape gum from beneath cafeteria tables—rather than spend one more second in front of a blank screen typing out words, erasing them, rearranging them, only to finally sit back and despair because you couldn’t even write a grocery list.

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