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IN HER OWN WORDS: HOW MARGARET DALEY COMES UP WITH HER STORIES

In Her Own Words by Vicki Hinze   Readers ask. Editors ask. And other writers ask:  How do you come up with your stories? The answer is simple, and complex. It’s different for every writer. Unique to that writer. For some, it’s [...]

Character and Credibility

  Character and Credibility By Vicki Hinze   This morning, doing time on my treadmill, I set aside my music and watched a few minutes of news—maybe four to five minutes of news—and in that time, I saw two members of congress [...]

Penny Thoughts

Penny Thoughts by Vicki HInze     Years ago, “a penny for your thoughts” was a common expression often heard when someone was deep in thought and another person wanted to know what they were thinking. It’s not a [...]

How You Create Your Reality

  How You Create Your Reality By Vicki Hinze     We want a better life. A more fulfilled life. A different life. But getting “there” from where we are now mystifies us. We have no idea how to go about it. Where do [...]

WHEN LIFE INTERRUPTS . . .

    WHEN LIFE INTERRUPTS… By Vicki Hinze   A few years ago, I underwent a series of eye surgeries, and learned a lot more than I ever wanted to know about living and writing in a life bombarded by interruptions.  [...]

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW

TIME FOR SOMETHING NEW by Vicki Hinze I only met Elmore Leonard once, but I learned a lot reading his books.  While he had many admirable traits, I learned one new thing about him after his death:  He didn’t write his first [...]

THE SECRET: Key to Contentment

    THE SECRET:  Key to Contentment by Vicki Hinze   In writing, everything is fodder.  If you don’t need it for character, you need it for plot, setting or one of the other basic novel elements.  Where writers [...]

WHEN YOU’VE LOST EVERYTHING

When You’ve Lost Everything by Vicki Hinze This year, more than most, I’m hearing from people who have lost everything.  They’re feeling hopeless and helpless.  Defeated in life, or by life.  Some have lost [...]

Moments of Clarity

      Moments of Clarity By Vicki Hinze   Moments of clarity. Sometimes we ignore them, often we misunderstand them, and sometimes we completely fail to recognize them. That creates challenges for us because without those [...]

How-To Calm Your Inner Savage Beast

  How-To Calm Your Inner Savage Beast by  Vicki Hinze   We all have an inner savage beast.  Normally, we keep the beast leashed, our civility intact, our humanity in control, ruling our actions and reactions.  But there [...]