Author Archives: Cathy Smallwood

About Cathy Smallwood

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… shortest post ever …

Originally posted on Course of Mirrors:
Broke and happy … please help the story to spiral out to readers … available  worldwide.

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how to fall out of love

Originally posted on the love story project:
I think I was ten or eleven when my cousin Eric broke up with his long-term girlfriend Dana. I loved Dana. She was willowy thin with poofy permed hair and a thick Tennessee…

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Voice of experience: 5 things that established authors would tell new writers

Source: Voice of experience: 5 things that established authors would tell new writers Excellent advice, including the comments. New mantra: You can’t revise what you haven’t written… A reminder to get the ideas out of my head and ‘written down’ even … Continue reading

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Once Upon a time…

The book is going to start where I first started it, in 2006. Nine years ago. I’ve looked at the first chapter so many times I have it memorized. It’s etched in stone. So even though there are sentences that don’t … Continue reading

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Where does the book start?

I have been struggling with this question since I wrote the ending to my novel in May 2010. I now have the answer, thanks to an excellent post by K.M. Weiland: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/your-books-inciting-event-its-not-what-you-think-it-is/#comment-1231254 All the other possibilities I considered it turns … Continue reading

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Structure versus Outline – what’s the difference?

And which comes first? I’ve been struggling with this question for several weeks now while editing my work in progress. Which book of writing advice should I be following? Outlining Your Novel http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/book/outlining-your-novel/ or Structuring Your Novel? http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/book/structuring-your-novel/ While I … Continue reading

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