Category Archives: Mar Preston

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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Why We Write What We Write

I write police procedurals in the  whodunit genre.  I like the cerebral quality of following the detective in an investigation. With a thriller you know pretty soon who the evil villain is and his big stakes plan to take over … READ MORE »

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What Do I Want To Be Good At?

I see lots of women my age trundling craft supplies into the clubhouse:  lace making, quilting, scrapbooking, card creation. I pass by hearing them laughing and having a good time. I live in a tiny mountain village in the mountains … READ MORE »

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