At a crucial juncture after the climactic scene when the subplot needed attention, his novel went in an unexpected direction.  As his editor, I suggested removing the newly-introduced subplot to naturally steer the protagonist to the crucial needs of the woman he loved, the only issue to be addressed for final resolution.  The author read…

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“I was at that stage of feeling ‘this book is just embarrassing!’” Ann J. Temkin said after completing major revisions on her first book, Sight in the Sandstorm: Jesus in His World and Mine. I suggested I facilitate a focus group. She agreed, adding, “My greatest fear Is not that they will hate it—which would…

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Sign up for classes: Writing Memoir, Screenwriting, Conquering Writer’s Block, and Creative Writers Workshop.   As a person new to grilling, I recalled a truth that once meat is cooked, it remains more flavorful if it rests before cutting and serving. This allows the juices which escaped to the middle while over the flames to reestablish…

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*Academic Coaching available by appointment The flustered Mom called me eager for help with her daughter Lily’s college application process. She mentioned Lily was an aspiring fashion designer who maintained good grades alongside strong extracurricular activities, but struggled with writing. When we met, I was puzzled after reading the first of four essays. Her mom saw…

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