Category Archives for "Writing"

Sep 10

Writer, What Size is This Horse?

By BarbaraEllinFox | Horses

Knowing how to talk about the size of a horse might seem like a mundane topic but a writer should know certain trigger words because their incorrect use is a dead giveaway to horse lovers.Where to measureHorses are measured from the withers to the ground by hands. The red line in my parts of the horse […]

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Aug 23

Horses for Writers-Are You Riding or Leading?

By BarbaraEllinFox | Writing

Recently I did a presentation called “Horses for Writers” for  my local ACFW chapter.  As I prepared, I was amazed at the amount of basic  equestrian terminology require for historical fiction. Horses were used for everything and a life without an equine meant less progress, less food, less travel, and more work. Writers of contemporary […]

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Aug 09

Confessions From an Organic Writing Life

By BarbaraEllinFox | My Life

Organic Writing Organic writing is described as ‘seat of the pants’ writing where story falls out of the pen possibly leading down the dark halls of no return.  Adversaries claim the writer dives in and searches for story structure as they go. This opposes advocates of story structure, or architecture, for which the writer develops […]

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May 17

Remember Not and Questions

By BarbaraEllinFox | Writing

While I am writing each day, a myriad of unresolved questions swarm my mind. Should I pursue traditional publishing? What about Indy? Should I continue to enter contests? How soon should I tell people about my stories? I have to tell you—there are a lot of questions. Another question is when should I tell my […]

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Mar 30

What is Her Worst Fear?

By BarbaraEllinFox | Writing

As writers we are told to discover or determine our character’s worst fear. Is she afraid of losing someone? Losing a job? Sickness? Losing her life? I had difficulty pinpointing just one worst fear for the protagonist in my first manuscript. Certainly she was fearful for her daughter’s safety but her daughter was only part […]

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Feb 14

Writing The End – I Was There

By BarbaraEllinFox | Writing

Writing the end should be a peak among peaks for a writer but the problem with mountains is they rise out of valleys. The highs and lows for a writer. I was with Rylie when the world tried to gobble up a naïve Pollyanna. We lived through her horrible college experience and crushing demoralization. Rylie […]

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