Being Novel

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Research

Have you ever picked up take-out or a bakery dessert and passed it off as your own cooking? Or shoved all your clutter into a closet right before guests arrive ...
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Permission to Suck

If you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll know I’ve struggled with all sorts of issues: the infamous writer’s block, motivation, humor (a...
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Thank You Anna Nicole

While writing my novel, I feel torn between writing a romance story, complete with throbbing muscles and heaving bosoms, or writing a book exploring personal gr...
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Unfinished Business

I just spent my weekend not finishing projects. I tried to drain and flush my water heater and was unsuccessful. I spent an hour wearing green flowered latex gl...
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A Page a Day

Your average, run-of-the-mill, novel is 300-400 pages long. While I'm READING those pages, I always wish there were more, a lot more. I could read a million pag...
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No Motivation

You know the show No Reservations on the Travel Channel (its hosted by Anthony Bourdain). He travels to places ranging from Beijing to Milwaukee’s own Bac...
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Falling in Love

Milwaukee and romance: you may not automatically put them together, but I’m trying. I’ve been writing my first novel (off and on) for over a year; j...