Category Archives: Pen Points

SOUTHWEST WRITERS GET THE FACTS

An Interview with Author Charlene Bell Dietz In her search for “the parts of life that really matter,” Charlene Bell Dietz discovered “if you throw your heart and soul into what you care about,” the little things you fuss over … Continue reading

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THE TRUTH BEHIND WINNING

What do you think when you enter a contest? The answer depends on your personality: how seriously you take yourself, what you think about your work, and certainly your competitive nature. Me? I’m inclined to throw in a touch of … Continue reading

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Some Visuals for The Flapper, the Scientist, and the Saboteur

The Brown Palace Hotel almost becomes another character in my story during Chapter 14. For those of you who haven’t enjoyed the ambience of this magnificent hotel, here are some photos. Downtown Denver: This is the street between the former … Continue reading

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BOOK-LAUNCH PHOTO CELEBRATION

Several years after I started writing, one of my dearest friends said, “When this book gets published, I’m throwing a huge party.” She thought she had a couple of years to prepare. Eight years later, on June 12, 2016, she, … Continue reading

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU SUBMITT YOUR MANUSCRIPT?

Last year at the 2015 Colorado Gold Conference, I moderated a lively panel discussion by incredibly sharp-witted agents and editors.  I had no idea why they asked me to moderate this panel, but I have to say, I enjoyed every … Continue reading

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If praise is given for what’s expected, then why strive to excel?

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I Hear Voices Part III

I used to teach teachers how to teach writing. They’d ask, “How do you give the characters’ different voices?” Simple answer: listen to how words are used, listen to how words are said, listen, listen, and watch. Tempo: Whenever my … Continue reading

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