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    On Novel Writing: One Pantser’s Method

    I’ve been busy writing—working on those stories for the new volume of The 13, wrapping up Elven Games for December or January publishing, and planning for NaNoWriMo. I shared all about how I was a pantser last week,  so, today I figured I’d share my personal writing method. Remember, this is how it works for me, so I don’t expect it to be the gospel on writing, but I do hope that you’ll take away something from it. Author Confession: I’m a full fledged pantser. A pantser? Yes, indeed. The very idea of an outline makes me break out in hives. I write everything from in my head straight to the keyboard. I’ve…

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    The Art of Writing by the Seat of Your Pants

    You find someone every day writing about the goodness of outlining, how to do it, and why you should. Perhaps you laugh. Perhaps you cringe. Perhaps you cry, start pulling your hair out, and gnashing your teeth, because no matter how hard you try, you just cannot stick to an outline. The chances are if you are nodding your head at that last statement, you are indeed, a pantser. What is a pantser? A pantser is a writer, author, novelist, screenwriter who “writes by the seat of their pants.” Often, they write the way they live, with spontaneity and a life filled with no planning (or the bare minimum anyway). These…

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    Story Hour: Do You Believe in Ghosts?

    She introduced herself as Elvira. If I closed my eyes tight enough, I could see her. A thin leather cord held the upper half of her black hair back. Her once white pinafore covered an ankle length blue checked dress. I expected black boots on her feet, but they were bare. She slipped in my bedroom window in the early morning hours, tickled me from my feet to my chin, and whispered stories in my ear until the sun threatened to rise. “Who are you talking to?” My boyfriend’s eyes burned through me. We met on a full moon night two weeks before, but like all new couples, we had…