Kathmandu, Dad & The Bucketlist Trip

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Call me crazy. I’m headed to Kathmandu. With my 73-year-old father. And I need your help. I would like to collect Kathmandu travel stories as part of my preparation for this trip. And, soon. Weekly Reader Inspired Dreams No, I’m … Continue reading

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Desert Nights Rising Stars ASU Writing Conference Moment

Been busy making writing connections. Perhaps a post about writing conferences is due later this week. This tweet and photo by writer Kevin S. Moul, official Piper House Photographer. Pictured: Renee and writer Susan Pohlman, workshop instructor and author of Halfway to Each Other.

The Color Red: Sex and Symbols in a Literary Reading of Olive Kitteridge

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The color red has long been used across cultures and time to symbolize love, lust, sexuality and intimacy. Author Elizabeth Strout delicately, almost imperceptively weaves the color red throughout her novel called Olive Kitteridge. That Olive is a retired teacher … Continue reading

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Writing Market Readiness Tip: Categorize and Log Your Material

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Writing a book is an exercise in delayed gratification. Especially the way I did it— –without stopping to publish excerpts or any related stories, which means I spent a whole lotta time on my craft and not a lot of … Continue reading

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Stripping Away Front Story to Get to the Back… Story

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Other than a popular murder mystery series written by Robert B. Parker and part of great website by Windy Lynn Harris backstory can be described largely as: “a story that tells what led up to the main story or plot … Continue reading

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Scene Revision Sample: Meeting Dog Musher Willie George

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Frankly, writers are nuts. Who else would spend an hour revising a page? But, that’s what my measurement was last week in revising this story I’ve tinkered with over the years. I’ve certainly drastically decreased the amount of revision page … Continue reading

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See, Mom, I AM Normal!

As I work up to more and more brave writing, Luanne’s post hit at just the right time. She demonstrates a way to do that and recommends a book that should show us how… enjoy this courageous post!

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I’m taking a break from the regularly scheduled program–One Thing I Learned From Each Memoir I Have Read–to say thank you to a fellow writer and blogger, Ellen Morris Prewitt. She kindly wrote a post yesterday about Writer Site (yup, this blog) on her cain’t do nothing with love blog.

The title of the post is “The Allure of Normal.” In the midst of my gratitude toward Ellen, I did chuckle quite a bit about being presented as the poster child of normal.

After all, I did just write this passage the day before yesterday in a (first draft) scene for my memoir:

The therapist I’d seen years before had pointed out that normal was a setting on a washing machine, not a word associated with people. Maybe my teen hormones had blown things out of proportion.

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When I was a kid I lived in the mindset…

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Undressing Scene, Down to the Bones

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I’m turning my decades-old process of writing, upside down. Having had the privilege of working with writing groups for a number of years, I tended to rely on writing something based on our meeting schedule. I’m not so certain this … Continue reading

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Want to See Your Poems, Essays, and Short Stories in Print?

Windy’s professional writing insights are transformational. I highly recommend her work! Check out this post and her website as well.
– Renee

The Backstory Cafe

I can help you with that!

Besides being an award-winning writer, I am also a marketing coach. I teach other writers how to create winning query letters, format their manuscripts, find hundreds of markets for their work, and submit their prose professionally. If that sounds interesting to you, please visit my writer website. You can learn a little more about me, and read the details about my Market Coaching for Creative Writers program. I look forward to helping you.

Upcoming byline: my latest short story, My Closet, will be published in the spring 2014 issue of The Literary Review.

-Windy

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