How To – Writing, Step 1 and 1/2

  I pulled out my blue notebook the other day.  The edges are worn and some of the pages are torn from the binding.  At first glance, it looks like a student’s day-planner filled with scribbling and old post-it notes stashed in between notations and numbers.  For me, it’s the…

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How To – Writing, Step One

  “So Marti, what is the very first step to writing a novel?” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked this question….but what an honor to be asked!  The same question escaped my lips not many years ago as a fledgling-author attending the first writer’s seminar…

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Smooth Seas – Food For Thought

The first time I read these words, they had been posted by someone I had little regard for. As it turned out, a rivulet of respect bubbled into my well of respect for this person. Her intent was sincere…and I sincerely needed to see it. It became my mantra. Facing the challenges that come with…

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