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A few tips to help new writers avoid the same mistakes I made.

When I returned to an old passion of mine, writing, just under five years ago, I was hopelessly uninformed about pretty much everything about the writing world. All I knew is that I loved to put words down on a blank page, creating something from nothing. …

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How a tiny black and white cat brought joy to a family struggling through the pandemic.

All my life, I’ve been a dog person. I don’t mind cats. They’re cute enough, I suppose, albeit in an annoyingly independent way. It’s just that the canines of the world have always taken top billing in my heart. …

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Sometimes it’s difficult to decide if someone sharing your words is a compliment or a theft.

Pla·gia·rism: the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.

Earlier this year, I wrote a piece called Things I Wish I’d Known Before Submitting My Writing.

My whole intent for writing this piece was to help writers avoid making the same mistakes I did. I was quite thrilled that so many people found it useful and left wonderful comments…

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Me, I suffered from poor focus, loss of inspiration, decreasing creativity.

My 2020’s lofty goals included:

  • write 12 short stories, one a month for the entire year, and sell at least two
  • have at least one short story published in print.
  • receive 30 rejections for my short-form work
  • finish the edits from my agent for my young adult novel
  • have agent send said manuscript out on…

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I’ve had blue-pencil sessions with six of the best in the business. Here are some of the most useful things I’ve learned.

Blue Pencil Session: A fifteen-minute session where a professional author or editor reviews three double-spaced pages of your work and discusses it with you.

The writing tips gained from these sessions have the ability to raise your writing to a whole new level.

I’ve attended the Surrey International Writer’s Conference, (SiWC) in my opinion, one of the best writing conferences around, every year for the past five years. …

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Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with a bright new force in the agenting world.

Pull up a chair, get comfortable, and listen in on my conversation with literary agent, Stacey Kondla.

LAW: Thank you so much for agreeing to let me interview you, Stacey. I’m truly grateful to have a chance to chat with you.

SK: Thank you for thinking of me!! It’s so exciting!

LAW: This has been quite a journey for you. When we first met, you were a…

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A quick trip to a friend’s timeshare just across the border in Blaine Washington turned out to be more complicated than I expected.

The world is in turmoil, unprecedented turmoil, thanks to a novel coronavirus spreading like wildfire across the globe. I have no idea how badly this is going to impact the world’s economy, but that it will have a huge impact is undeniable.

I’m blessed, in so many ways. So far…

Leslie Wibberley

Award-winning writer of CNF, short stories & novels—horror, magical realism, romance, speculative fiction—adult & YA. Presently in Shitt’s Creek withdrawal.

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