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Maintaining Writing Momentum as the February Doldrums Loom

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Has your New Year's Resolution energy faded? Maybe you're feeling swamped, stuck, overwhelmed, sick of the bleak winter twilight? Is your daily word count dwindling down to the double-digits? You are not alone. I'm with you! Luckily, I have a couple of writer-friends who, when things get really dark, manage to lift me up and keep me moving forward. Here are a few suggestions stemming from my friends' good advice and my piles of writing files! (Gosh, I love rhymes way too much.) STEP AWAY from your computer (if you've clicked all the way to my website you've definitely been cyber-surfing too long). Run up and down your stairs ten times or walk around your block. Pet your dog or cat. Bake something from scratch. You get the idea. Spend a few hours living offline. Make a coffee date with a writer friend or two. NOT a writing critique session so much as a check-in during which you honestly explore your current writing situations and help each other brainstorm

READING LIST: Running Stories

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“An itchy feeling began to work its way through my body, as though a thousand mosquitoes were circulating through my blood, biting me from the inside, making me want to scream, jump, squirm.  I ran.”  ―  Lauren Oliver ,  Delirium  Some people love running--the act, the sport, the metaphor. These books are for you.

FREE CLASS THIS SATURDAY at KCLS WOODINVILLE: SETTING & WORLD-BUILDING in FICTION & NONFICTION

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SETTING, WORLD BUILDING & THE ROLE OF RESEARCH IN FICTION & NONFICTION with LISA L. OWENS    S ATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2017 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM   Second Saturdays Writing Program at Woodinville Library  17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville   What is the interplay between fiction and nonfiction? Whether it’s a detail for a fictional character in a novel or a timeline of events for a nonfiction picture book, how do you know when to stop researching and begin writing? Lisa L. Owens, author of biographies, middle grade fiction, nonfiction picture books, graphic novels and retold classics, will help you put these challenges in perspective. This workshop is open to writers in grades 7 to adult. Registration is not required. For more details, click here . 

POST-HOLIDAY WRITING EXERCISE: Exploring Voice

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The holidays are over and it's time to get on that "I'll write more" resolution" and work off that finger-flab that came from not enough time at the keyboard these last two weeks. Nothing for it but to leap back into the fire with some tough work on VOICE. As readers and writers know, voice one of those elusive things. It is sensed or felt better than it is described. It is the thing agents and editors are always seeking but, when asked for specifics, respond something to the effect of "I'll know it when I read it." Voice isn't something to be TAUGHT. It is something writers must FIND for themselves. And, once a writer realizes his or her own true voice, he or she must then summon up the COURAGE to use on the page. Sounds tricky, huh? Maybe a little scary, too. It requires some brutal honesty and self-assessment. But, when you find that voice--that space in which your writing feels the strongest--I believe you'll agree that it is wo
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