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SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #17

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Sonia Marsh. She welcomes new friends, bloggers, writers and readers at: website /  Facebook / Twitter or email her at: sonia@soniamarsh.com. Author’s bio Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #14

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming novelist M.J. Kane. You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #13

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Patricia McKinzie-Lechault. Ways to connect with her are blog / facebook / book website / sales’ website Author’s Bio As a pioneer for women’s basketball, Pat McKinzie is the first female athletic scholarship recipient in Illinois. She is … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #12

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Trudi Taylor. You can connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Trudi’s bio Trudi Taylor has created a holistic healing practice as a counselor, massage therapist, … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #11

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Carol Bodensteiner. Ways to connect with her are: Website / Twitter / LinkedIn  / Facebook. Author’s bio Carol Bodensteiner is a writer who finds inspiration in the places, people, culture and history of the Midwest. After a successful … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #10

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Madeline Tasky Sharples. You can connect with her here: Facebook / Website / Twitter:@madeline40. Madeline’s bio Madeline Sharples studied journalism in high school and college and … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #9

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Laura Dennis. She blogs at The Adaptable (Adopted) Expat Mommy. Connect with her on twitter or email laura@adoptedrealitymemoir.com. Author’s bio Laura Dennis was adopted in New Jersey, … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #8

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the SERIES on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Susan Weidener. Ways to connect with her are: Facebook, Twitter, and her website: Women’s Writing Circle. Susan’s bio: A former journalist with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Susan … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #7

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the series on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Paige Strickland. Ways to connect with her are: Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook. Paige’s bio Paige is a teacher and writer from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her degree is … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #6

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the series on literary themes and premise, I’d like to review the much loved memoir, The Glass Castle, by the well-known author, Jeannette Walls. From the book description and Amazon’s exclusive Q&A with Walls, as well as the author’s Facebook Page, we … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #5

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. In another addition to the series on literary themes and premise, I’d like you to join me in welcoming Mary Gottschalk. Mary’s bio Mary has made a career out of changing careers. After finishing her MBA, she spent nearly thirty years in the financial markets, … Continue reading

SERIES / Themes & Premise

What is the Gist of Your Story? #1

THE HALLMARKS OF GREAT WRITING A Sound Premise and Compelling Themes Congratulations—you have defined the genre of your writing project, are creating a bond with your characters, and the plot is developing at a satisfying pace. But have you identified any themes yet, or asked yourself what the story really means? Effective book publicity relies … Continue reading

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CHANGE means…celebrating a great tradition

It’s that time of the year again—Thanksgiving—a tradition rooted in English customs dating from the Protestant Reformation and associated with harvest festival. These days, it’s primarily celebrated as a secular holiday. While Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year in the United States, it is not a custom in South Africa. I’m … Continue reading