Category Archives: Fiction Writing

Reflections on My First Novel

  When December rolls around, I always think about my first novel, The Night Before Christmas. I began writing it in 1970 and published it in 2008. Recently, I was asked how many times I revised it. Truthfully, I lost … Continue reading

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Relentless Writer Friend Publishes Novel

I’ve written about my relentless friend, Bonnie (pen name B.J. Myrick) before. Those articles have centered on how she prodded me to write. This week, Bonnie did something amazing. She published Angel of Mercy, a mystery novel completed in 2003 … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Roots: Part 3

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver Behind everything I write is the need … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Roots: Part 2

“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.” – Willa Cather Is Willa Cather right? As I look back on my childhood experiences, I find that most of my fictional themes were born … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Roots: Part 1

“Who am I? Why am I here?” James Stockdale In an attempt to introduce himself to the nation, James Stockdale, the vice-presidential running mate of Ross Perot, spoke the above words at the beginning of his first 1992 vice-presidential debate. I … Continue reading

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