Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

Time Management

Given the new demands on my time, I’ve been very interested in time management. So when today’s guest blogger offered to write a blog for me, I wanted to hear about how she manages to get everything done. I hope you enjoy this post – T. — Hi! My name is Jennifer Allis Provost, and […]

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Too Many Distractions? Time to Clear the Mechanism!

As I write this, there is a home inspector crawling all over my house. I hear his footsteps in the attic. Just when I’ve gotten used to that, I hear him slither around, like an army of tiny little mice, down in my crawlspace. He’s testing the smoke detector and blasting the heat for 30 […]

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Writers Write . . . But They Also Sell

Think back to when you were a teen ager.  Was there ever something that you really wanted?  Really, really wanted? How many times did you ask your parents for it?  Once? Twice?  Until they finally gave in? As kids, we were all probably pretty good salesmen. We were really good at convincing our parents that […]

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Guest Post: The Post-Holiday Slump by Valerie Estelle Frankel

The Post-Holiday Slump The ornaments and back in their box, the wax has been chipped off the menorah. You had your night of waltzing around the New Year’s floor and your day of recovery. The holidays are over. Now what? If you’re like most writers, you have the half-finished novel, perhaps written in November, that […]

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Holiday Traditions & the Writer – Guest Blog from Vonnie Winslow Crist

While writers sing holiday tunes, sip eggnog, and enjoy getting together with family and friends like everyone else – they’re also itching to write. But grabbing enough time to sit down at a desk and write is almost impossible during late December and early January. One solution is to jot down notes about holiday traditions […]

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Monday Musing: You Only Hurt The (Fictional) Ones you Love

Last weekend, my husband and I went to a pioneer-themed amusement park to see the Christmas lights. While we were there, we watched a blacksmith take a strip of metal and make a rose out of it. To do this, he put the metal strip into hot coals and fired up his forge until the […]

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Guest Blog — Creative Sparks in the Dark of Winter with Sandra Saidak

For me, the Winter Holidays seem to be an especially good time to gather story ideas. It may not be the best time to write—even as a public school teacher with a nice two week vacation, my writing time usually gets swallowed up by shopping, wrapping, cooking and long drives to be with friends and […]

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Monday Musing: Are You Building Your World, Or Limiting It?

When I was five years old, my parents took me to the movies. I remember seeing both Flash Gordon and The Empire Strikes back the same year. Although I was young, I remember feeling like Star Wars was part of a much bigger universe where things happened in places other than the ones that we […]

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Tips from a Con Man: How to Research Your Novel

One of the first things that we’re told as beginning writers is to “write what you know.”  This may be why many of the protagonists for novels are often writers of some stripe, such as journalists or novelists. Writing what you know allows you to bypass the research trap when your research skills are rusty. […]

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Danielle Ackley-McPhail: On NaNoWrimo

Today’s NaNoWrimo interview comes from Danielle Ackley-McPhail. I’ve previously interviewed Danielle here. She is the editor of several award-winning anthologies including Bad Ass Fairies and The Legends of the New Age.  She has also written a writing guide entitled The Literary Handyman. Although she is not participating in NaNoWrimo this year, she has in the […]

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