Category Archives: Mar Preston

Finding a New Way to Kill Someone Off

Today I am hosting my friend Marilyn Meredith. She is sharing news of her new book, A Cold Death. Be sure to read to the end of this post to enter Marilyn’s contest. When you’ve written as many books as … READ MORE »

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What Writers Do to Sell a Few Books

So I got an invitation to sign books more than one hundred miles away, and a two-and-a-half-hour drive from my mountain top village to coastal California. Specifically, Santa Maria. A bookstore called Bookworm. The trip offers an eyeful of glorious … READ MORE »

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The Cruelest Enemy: Self-doubt

The best writing advice I ever got was watching the agony of a writer who couldn’t bring himself to write The End. As a result, he never finished anything and still remains in the ranks of the wannabes.  Oh, he … READ MORE »

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Writing Something Different for a Change

I adapted a short story I wrote long ago  for three characters. We have two little theater companies in our mountain village in Central California. I went to a first reading a couple of years ago intending to volunteer as … READ MORE »

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I thought everyone could write if they just sat down and put their mind to it.  As my facility for words came easily to me, I never thought it was important. A facility for manipulating numbers was of consequence, after … READ MORE »

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Proofreading Your own Work

I’ve made so many mistakes. So many.  A blush arises thinking of some that I will never share. Ever. But restricted to the area of writing, which  awful moment would I choose?  The time we were all saying snarky things about … READ MORE »

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