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Smokey Writers 2016 – Day 7

I’m sitting in the terminal at the Knoxville, TN airport, waiting for a flight that doesn’t leave for another four hours. When someone offers you a free ride to the airport, you take it, regardless of how early it is. … Continue reading

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Smokey Writers 2016 – Day 6

We’re in the home stretch here at Smokey Writers. I had a terrible time getting going yesterday. I made the mistake of checking my work email for a few minutes, which set me back. I didn’t do any actual day … Continue reading

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Smokey Writers 2016 – Day 5

After the free day Wednesday, it was back to regular business on Thursday of the retreat. I had a bit of a slow start (as in staring at the laptop screen and trying to figure out how I was going … Continue reading

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Smokey Writers 2016 – Day 4

The fourth day of the retreat was a bit different from the others. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, it was a “free” day. There were no evening readings scheduled, so people could hang out at the house and write … Continue reading

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Smokey Writers 2016 – Day 3

Three days of Smokey Writers are now in the books. I did not achieve Monday’s word count heights yesterday, but it was still a satisfyingly productive day. I wrote 2,629 words on my new book. Essentially, one new chapter with … Continue reading

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Smokey Writers – Day 2

I’m posting a bit late (like, a day late), but I wanted to give a quick report on how the retreat is going. Yesterday was the first full day of writing, and I am very happy with my progress. I … Continue reading

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Smokey Writers 2016 – Day 1

I’m writing this from a beautiful house in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee. I am here with 20 friends for the third annual Smokey Writers retreat, a week-long gathering where we can focus exclusively on creative … Continue reading

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Awards, and Why My Insecure Mind Wants Them

          Chuck Wendig has a good take on the annual awards season in which we are now knee-deep: Awards are not infallible. The best book will not always win an award. The best book sometimes won’t … Continue reading

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Too Many Main Characters?

I have a problem with the novel I’m writing, and I think David Farland put his finger on it in his blog post yesterday: The important thing here is to keep a limit on the number of viewpoint characters. Two … Continue reading

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Art For Art’s Sake; Money For God’s Sake

Very interesting blog posts on similar topics in the last couple of days from Philippa Ballantine and Jennifer Povey. Kind of interesting because, though they both live in Northern Virginia, I’m not sure they’ve ever met. Their minds seem to … Continue reading

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