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Writing & Books

What Good Writing and Good People Have in Common

In thinking about what makes writing good, I realized that many of the same qualities exist in good people. 1. Clarity. Good writing is clear. It makes its point without confusing you or weighing you down. Clear writing comes from … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Get Inspired to Write

Aspiring writers love to ask me where my inspiration comes from. It’s easily in the top three questions I get asked, when I’m asked about writing. The top three questions I get asked when I’m not being asked about writing … Continue reading

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Writing Tip – Starting Your Story Well

All good stories, whether they are fictional or non-fictional, must begin with your hero in an emotional place quite different from the spot where he or she will end up. This is true of novels, memoir, literary journalism and films, … Continue reading

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The New Novel from Alisa Valdes is Now Out From VEE Books!

Coronado Prep student Maria Ochoa, 16, is near death after crashing her car on an isolated stretch of NM Highway 14 during a freak blizzard. When the only person who shows up to help her is a teen gangbanger named … Continue reading

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The Stories We Tell About Ourselves and Others, and Why They Matter

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