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A Valentine for You – With Love


Movies + Romance = The Key to My Heart I’m a romantic in so many ways, it would take another blog to explain all of my many connections to Venus, the moon, nature, and more. As a romantic, I adore … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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It All Began With a Book Report


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group  January 8 question – What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just “know” suddenly you wanted to write?  It All … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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The One Trait Every Writer Needs


The One Trait Every Writer Needs Originally posted on June 25, 2014 on my Only for the Brave blog, I offer this advice again. It’s advice that never gets old. This trait is the one trait that finally saw me getting my … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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The Joy of Writing & Knowing When It’s Time to Quit


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group December 4 question – Let’s play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Runes – An Ancient Oracle Tool: It’s All Been Rune’d


Once again, Keri Kruspe has written a fantastic post for my blog. I was over the moon reading this post because it spoke to me. Many times I’ve tried to use runes and Keri, through this post, has shown me … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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How to Redeem Unredeemed Gifts on Amazon


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group For November 6, 2019 Rather than answering the question posed to the group this month, which was What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?, for which I had no good answer, … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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11 Reasons Why I Continue to Write


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group  Posting for the first Wednesday of the Month, October 2, 2019 Because I’m in the final editing stages of my upcoming book, Love’s New Beginnings, which I plan on publishing in October, I thought I’d … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Guest blogger – Keri Kruspe, Part II


As a follow up to Keri’s August 21, 2019 post as a guest blogger, where she talked about the things she wished she’d known before publishing her first book, in today’s post, she talks about the things she did right. … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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In a writing galaxy far, far away…


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group  September 4 question – If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?  In a writing galaxy far, far away… There are … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Failures – Part IV: 7 Lessons of Failure as a Writer


This blog was originally published April 4, 2018, on my Only for the Brave blog, which has been eliminated as I decided to merge the two blogs. Because failure is an important part of success for writers and everyone else, I … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Should’a…Could’a…Would’a…


Today, I have a guest blogger. Keri Kruspe, fellow writer and friend, writes this blog and shares with you her experiences as a first-time author and what she wished she had known beforehand. I wish I had known, too. SHOULD’A…COULD’A…WOULD’A…  … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Failures – Part III


To continue my “Failures” series, this post was originally published on my Only for the Brave blog on January 9, 2018.  And now, I’ve added more thoughts. Failure According to Sue Grafton As I considered my next blog in this series, I … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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The Surprising Secret of Developing Characters


"It's character pain that engages readers, that makes them turn the pages. The suffering, the action, the pain." Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Failures – Part II

This blog was originally published December 27, 2017, on my Only for the Brave blog, which is being eliminated as I decided to merge the two blogs. Because failure is an important part of succeeding for writers, I felt it was … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Failures – Part I

This blog was originally published November 27, 2017, on my Only for the Brave blog, which is being eliminated as I decided to merge the two blogs. Because failure is an important part of succeeding for writers, I felt it was … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Personal Traits and Deepening Characters


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group July question: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)? Personal Traits & Deepening Characters Currently writing a romance series of seven novellas, I’m starting the first draft of the fourth novella, Buried Hearts. … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Making a Difference


Have you ever uttered, “Why bother? It won’t make a difference,” or something like that? Yeah, I have. Lots of times. When I started writing and putting my work out in the public forum, I figured few would read my … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Down the Rabbit Hole a.k.a. Life’s Little Hiccups & Big Booms


I’m behind in my writing. Again. I wish I could say that I don’t know how it happens, but I do. While I accuse Life of sticking out its foot and tripping me so that I’ll look funny with arms … Continue reading →Original linkOriginal author: Diana Stout
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Merging with Behind the Scenes…

I’m a fan of minimalist living. Less is more. Truly.Clutter of the mind is just as bad as clutter on a tabletop. Lately, I’ve been struggling with all the cluttering writing tasks that have been consuming my time when I should be writing and publishing books instead.In particular, I’ve been struggling in trying to maintain two blogs that are quite similar in content. As a result, I’ve decided to merge my Only for the Brave blog—this one—with my Behind the Scenes blog. Both are about writing.My goal is to still communicate with you, to share what I know, and what I’ve learned as I journey through my writing career. Now, though, that sharing will be more efficient and more effective.So, for th...
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My Rabbit Hole Summer

Originally published on my Only for the Brave blog, on October 2, 2018:  https://wryterinwonderland.com/2018/10/02/my-rabbit-hole-summer/Where did the summer go?Here it is, the beginning of October, solidly into fall, and as I look back at this past year, I feel that I have nothing to show for it. What did I do all that time?More accurately, I know what I didn’t do. Writing.I thought about writing a lot. I talked about it even more.  And, I took a number of classes to learn how to become a better writer.  So, I guess, there is that. I did learn a lot through the various classes. Rebecca (Becca) Syme’s class, Writing Better Faster was just what I needed to get me out of my slump.In her class,...
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