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How Many Years Does It Take to “Break Out?”

In 2002 Donald Maass published Writing the Breakout Novel, a book now famous throughout the writing land. I sat in the fifth row, through his all-day workshop in Orange County in 2004, thinking: “This guy scares the bejeezus out of me. I’ll never … Continue reading

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23 Motivating Lessons from Zig Ziglar

Several years ago, I went to a motivational seminar and saw Zig Ziglar live. Two words: Life Changing. He wasn’t a young man by any means but he was the guy with the most energy and enthusiasm. I’ve never figured … Continue reading

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How To Stay Motivated During “The Dark Times”

Welcome to Thoughty Thursday here at More Cowbell! Thanks to more than a week down with the flu, I’ve got motivation on my mind. I need some BAD, to get me moving from my bed this week when pretty much I … Continue reading

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Why Do The Simplest Skills Take the Longest to Learn?

Welcome to Thoughty Thursday here at More Cowbell! Thanks to my toddler, I’ve got learning on my mind. Baby Girl is potty training. And by that, I mean she’s been showing interest in the potty: sitting on it, making us … Continue reading

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3 Writer’s Commandments and Avoiding The Dreaded “S” Word

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ~W. Somerset Maugham Novel writing isn’t for sissies. I know we’ve talked about this before. I’ve even brought you people like Margie Lawson, Susan Mallery and Stephen J. Cannell who … Continue reading

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Are You Starring In Your Own Life?

Thursday is usually the day of the week that y’all get to be privy to whatever thoughts are kicking around in my brain. This week, we’re doing it on Friday. 🙂 Today I’m thinking about fear, and all the wondrous things … Continue reading

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#ROW80: Do You Know Which Dream You’re Chasing?

Bob Mayer wrote a post this week called True Grit As a Writer – a definite “must-read” post – and it got me thinking. Bob always  gets me thinking. One of his comments back to his readers stood out to … Continue reading

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5 Great Bits of Wisdom from a New York Times Besteller

It’s Techie Tuesday, my fine More Cowbell friends, and you know what that means, right? Some nifty piece of technology, know-how, or writing advice is coming your way. Today, I’m delighted to bring you some tips from New York Times … Continue reading

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