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A Summer Summary

Protagonist: Kate aka 4amWriter Setting: Summer in NH Plot: Kate, a fiction writer with an obsession for fairies, beer, and Ewan McGregor, must figure out how to write more than just one hour a day while the kids are out of school for 2 months. She’s got a third book in the works, but trouble…

Kourtney Heintz--author

Writing Process Blog Hop

I was invited by a rather new blogging acquaintance of mine, Karin Van den Bergh, to participate in the Writing Process Blog Hop. I have never played this game, but being the adventurous blogger team player I am, I decided to give it a whirl. This is how the hopping works: I’ll introduce you to…

Ms. Bossy -- the book that won't let me go

A Writing Contest Tale

This past December, I came across a writing contest run by a local independent publishing company. The contest was open to all fiction. Contestants were to send in their first 15 pages, no query or logline required. The pages were to be anonymous, but the email cover letter needed to have contact information. The judges would…

writing never ends

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Sometimes I wonder about becoming emotionally connected to our characters. On one hand, it’s helpful because I believe we write them with more intimacy, credibility—that’s how we make them come alive. On the other hand, it’s harder to get them into trouble, kill them off, or even, end the story. Often, characters become our friends,…