BREAKING IN A NEW PAIR OF SHOES

By Tracy Clark I've had a heck of a time writing lately. Shirtsleeves up. Eyes on my laptop. Fingers on the keyboard. Digging for diamonds like those seven little Disney guys. I started a new crime series. And I’m a pantser. Feel me? This means I started with zip, which is fine. I always start...

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Characters That Keep It Real

by Tracy Clark I just gave my first author presentations on craft, one on writing settings and one on building book people (characters). I think I did okay. I hope I did. But I’m a writer, not Mr. Chips, so things might have been a little, you know, shaky. I put the presentation together (with...

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MY OLD FRIEND, HARRIET THE SPY

by Tracy Clark Recently, I was moving an overstuffed bookcase from one side of my den to the other to make room for a new recumbent bike that I had convinced myself at time of purchase that I would use a lot, and not just as a hook for my jackets, which the elliptical machine next to it had...

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MY 2022 WRITING GOALS

By Tracy Clark It’s the new year! It’s that time of year when most of us leap into the new and shiny and kick off the old and spent. If I were the kind of person who made resolutions, I’d likely have busted them by now, but I’m not, and I didn’t, so I’m good. Or I thought I was. Then Reese...

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FOLLOW THE YELLOW ROAD

By Tracy Clark Recently, I was kicking back in my Dorothy Gale ruby slipper socks, and it hit me like an apple lobbed by a talking tree in a haunted forest how the story of “The Wizard of Oz” kinda of correlates to the writers’ journey, a journey fraught with setbacks and obstacles—like, for...

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