Timely Obstacles

Cole Smith

When writing a new novel, I’ve discovered a major weakness in my plotting. I don’t like to put obstacles in my character’s path. Sure, it’s fiction, but my poor protagonist has been through so much already. Can’t I just give her a little break, a vacation chapter, so she can relax and gather herself? It’s…

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Life in Bloom

When I was little, it always made me sad that the saying was “April showers bring May flowers.” It wasn’t fair, I thought, that my birthday month was the “shower” month and not the “flower” month. April brings flowers, too, you know—flowers and gorgeous, perfect, fresh weather. April isn’t all showers. [pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]At a…

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