Haunted by Imposter Syndrome? How Riding Horses Helped Me Overcome Self-Doubt.

Haunted by Imposter Syndrome? How Riding Horses Helped Me Overcome Self-Doubt.

Beyond the Phone Book or Computer Name-Generators: Selecting Character Names

Beyond the Phone Book or Computer Name-Generators: Selecting Character Names

Switching Things Up with Anne Louise Bannon

Switching Things Up with Anne Louise Bannon

My name is Anne Louise Bannon. I am primarily known for my historical mysteries, particularly, the Old Los Angeles series, set in the 1870s and featuring Maddie Wilcox, a physician and winemaker.

The Second Draft, Revision: What Does the Reader Want? with Tracey Kathryn

The Second Draft, Revision: What Does the Reader Want? with Tracey Kathryn

The Second Draft, Revision: The First Page

The Second Draft, Revision: The First Page

Joe jumped behind the wheel of his car. He felt like he’d been swimming in his morning coffee, a triple-shot death wish, extra sugar. From the passenger seat, Susan watched him, thinking Joe looked beyond hyper. What was wrong with her best friend?

The Second Draft, Revision: Beyond the Coffee Shop with Tracey Kathryn

The Second Draft, Revision: Beyond the Coffee Shop with Tracey Kathryn

The Second Draft: Revision Tips with Tracey Kathryn

The Second Draft: Revision Tips with Tracey Kathryn

It’s coming. Revision of my finished manuscript is approaching like warm weather—and mud and bugs. Writing the second draft of my novel will occupy my summer. I’m looking forward to the process like a new season; it promises new life and fresh ideas. But with every silver lining, there’s a cloud. Revising book chapters that have been ingrained in my mind for a year will be a challenge.

Pre- and Post-Writing Strategies: Use Down Time to Continue Creating

Pre- and Post-Writing Strategies: Use Down Time to Continue Creating

So, the novel is in the hands of the powers-that-be. While its future hangs in the balance, what does a writer do in the meantime?

Distracted and Confused: How Writing Can Help by Tracey Kathryn

Distracted and Confused: How Writing Can Help by Tracey Kathryn

2020 in the Rearview Mirror: What's Up for 2021?

2020 in the Rearview Mirror: What's Up for 2021?

This is my first blog post of 2021 . . . a year that we are ushering in with much hope, albeit guarded hope, as we are in the early days of the vaccination process that should begin to return our lives to some semblance of normalcy.

In this space, I typically review the previous year’s achievements, milestones, and funny moments. What can I say about 2020?

I don’t know if I’m really ready to write about it—but here goes. It was a bad year, full of anxiety, fear, depression, and loss.

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