Category Archives: Writing tips

Take a look at what you like to read to teach yourself how to grab your readers’ interest.

Quotations: #7

It is with noble sentiments that bad literature gets written. -Andre Gide

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Quotation: # 6

[The art of the novel] happens because the storyteller’s own experience of men and things, whether for good or ill—not only what he has passed through himself, but even events which he has only witnessed or been told of—has moved more »

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Quotations: #5

All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. -Walt Whitman

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Letter from Norma Joy, the True Child of El Salvador

The following is an email message sent to me by Norma Joy Remer, now in her 20s, the true Child of El Salvador. Hi Penny! I wanted to let you know that I just finshed the book, Child of El more »

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Writing Tip #7 Olfactory Memories

   In my last “Writing Tip” post, I asked where you might have thought, “This is where I belong; this is me.” I’ve had this happen to me a few times. Once was when I pulled up to my friend more »

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A Box of Pandoras

I just posted a review on Amazon for Steve Brewer’s A BOX OF PANDORAS. It’s a wickedly funny murder mystery set in New Mexico and would make great airplane reading unless, like me, it makes you laugh outloud! It’s available more »

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Writing Tip #6: And, Where Are We?

The setting of your story is more than the time and the place.  It is an essential part of the whole and deserves your attention and creativity.  Reading,  I was told as a child, can take us to faraway places more »

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Quotations: #2

“Fool!” said my muse to me, “look in thy heart, and write.” -Edmund Spenser

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Quotations: #1

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. -Benjamin Disraeli

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Writing Tip #5: Catching a Character

Do you ever see a stranger and that person catches your eye? You look again. What draws your interest? Why did you give that person more than a glance? I love to people watch. There’s a man who visits the more »

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