Well, I have my imagination. I have a book called grammar for dummies. Other than I prefer a manual typewriter over a computer what could possibility go wrong.

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Characters are dominating your thoughts, your fingers are itching to type and the beginning of a great story fills your computer screen.  Then...silence. You reach that point in your story where your characters take a coffee break and you are left with writer's block.

This has happened to me more times than I wish to admit. The story my thoughts have been obsessed with are eventually filed away and forgotten. It is so frustrating.

New characters are once again running amuck in my head. This time I refuse to allow them to check out on me halfway through the story. My professor, Steve Alcorn, taught me that outlining is a wonderful technique. I agree it is a great idea. Today I read an article written by author Randy Ingermanson. Randy's technique is the Snowflake method. I am excited to use this method and thought I would share it with fellow authors. Let me know your thoughts.
http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/

I was invited to participate in a blog hop.  It is a cute idea and a great marketing tool.  There are three requirements to join the blog hop: (1) you must run an active blog (2) you must have a book to promote.  (3)  you must be willing to include links to other authors on the blog hop.  If free marketing idea is something you are interested in, contact the host directly at
tracykauffman@charter.net.  Good luck and happy marketing.

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Check out my new website.  The site provides information about my suspenseful romance novel due out later this year.  Eternal Press is publishing the book.

Writing classes have taught me to outline my story before writing it. I wrote my first book before learning this lesson and found that I incorporated too much story. When I finished writing the book, 15,000 words were cut during the editing process. This time around, I wrote an outline. Now, I have too much plot and not enough story. Is it possible to incorporate plot and story properly when you first write? Maybe experience teaches this lesson. I've been told not to worry about it. At first, you should write for yourself and edit later with the reader in mind. I am trying to keep this in mind. Has anyone else found this problem?

I have created this page for people (like myself) who want to improve their writing and gain confidence in this area.  This is a great place to share thoughts, writing tips and work that you do not plan to publish.  Publishers do not want submitted work to be published on the web.  Please keep that in mind should you decide to share your work here or on any other site.

Members must be respectful of the ideas and work submitted.  Feel free to critique in a positive way.  In return we will show the same respect.  I am excited for this group. 
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