Write a Novel? How do I begin?

Well, as many wise authors have offered, the answer to how do you begin writing a book is, “just write and write some more.”  That advice is wonderful if you’re not paralyzed by fear!  But, since I was a small child I’d faced fear many times and found a way through, hadn’t I?  This was different.  First, I had had success as a self-help author and now I was going to write a novel.  A completely different genre.  Who do I think I am!?  Self-help writing just poured out of me.  But novel writing?  That’s a different story (pardon the…

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How it Began

I remember being about six years old and wanting to write books but didn’t know how. So I sat and pretended to be a writer, filling pages and pages of blank notebooks with “words.” It felt great. I was prolific and profound. No one could understand my writing but me and it didn’t matter -- I was writing! Forty two years later, after publishing the Surviving Divorce newsletter on my own for five years, someone “discovered” me. They asked if I would write a book on grief and sudden loss. So I co-authored my first book and it was published…

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