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  • 3 Quick, Easy Ways to Cut the Fluff from Your Novel

    3 Quick Easy Ways To Cut The Fluff From Your Novel

     Let’s dive right in, because, after all, this is quick and easy, right? 1. Create a “Kill List.” The book is done. The editor has done her job. She’s killed my duplicate words, found the missing ones, and even added in those commas I missed. Everything is polished, the formatting complete. It’s kill time. […]

    Chautona Havig

    I’m Chautona Havig (for those who care, that’s Shuh-TONE-uh HAVE-ig) and with the constant press of the world around us, I try to provide an escape. Not just any escape—just the write escape. Books. I love them– always have. From my earliest years, I spent most of my free time lost in a book, until one day I realized that I had stories in my heart and mind that I wanted to tell. Time passed, life, family, and work got in the way, and my dream of being a writer seemed to vanish into the desert winds. Dreams are beautiful things, though; they never quite disappear. I began writing again, editing, writing, editing…more editing… and now I have over two hundred books in progress and a few dozen published. I write the stories of fictional people who have real problems, weaknesses, and triumphs. Through their stories, I try to share the Hope that is within me. I live in a small, remote town in California’s Mojave Desert with my husband and five of my nine children. When not writing, I enjoy paper crafting, sewing, and looking forward to retirement from home education

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  • How I Discovered a New Writer’s Syndrome & How to Overcome It

    How I Discovered a New Writers' Syndrome & How to Overcome It

    Some might say that my quest to discover the meaning behind this little recurring problem that I have was merely a procrastination device used to avoid work. I say that said device is proof that I needed to research. And, I have disturbing news for writers. I’ve discovered a syndrome that I suspect we all […]

    Chautona Havig

    I’m Chautona Havig (for those who care, that’s Shuh-TONE-uh HAVE-ig) and with the constant press of the world around us, I try to provide an escape. Not just any escape—just the write escape. Books. I love them– always have. From my earliest years, I spent most of my free time lost in a book, until one day I realized that I had stories in my heart and mind that I wanted to tell. Time passed, life, family, and work got in the way, and my dream of being a writer seemed to vanish into the desert winds. Dreams are beautiful things, though; they never quite disappear. I began writing again, editing, writing, editing…more editing… and now I have over two hundred books in progress and a few dozen published. I write the stories of fictional people who have real problems, weaknesses, and triumphs. Through their stories, I try to share the Hope that is within me. I live in a small, remote town in California’s Mojave Desert with my husband and five of my nine children. When not writing, I enjoy paper crafting, sewing, and looking forward to retirement from home education

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  • The Best & Worst Reasons for Using Scrivener for Blogging

    The spiel went something like this. With exaggerated hand gestures that mimicked a rather hand-eloquent jester, my friend told me about this fabulous new program I just had to have. “It’s perfect for you!” When my skepticism refused to stay hidden as bidden, she raved a bit more. “Look, it does everything that Word does […]

    Chautona Havig

    I’m Chautona Havig (for those who care, that’s Shuh-TONE-uh HAVE-ig) and with the constant press of the world around us, I try to provide an escape. Not just any escape—just the write escape. Books. I love them– always have. From my earliest years, I spent most of my free time lost in a book, until one day I realized that I had stories in my heart and mind that I wanted to tell. Time passed, life, family, and work got in the way, and my dream of being a writer seemed to vanish into the desert winds. Dreams are beautiful things, though; they never quite disappear. I began writing again, editing, writing, editing…more editing… and now I have over two hundred books in progress and a few dozen published. I write the stories of fictional people who have real problems, weaknesses, and triumphs. Through their stories, I try to share the Hope that is within me. I live in a small, remote town in California’s Mojave Desert with my husband and five of my nine children. When not writing, I enjoy paper crafting, sewing, and looking forward to retirement from home education

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  • 3 Quick & Easy Ways to Spot Telling in Your Novel

    Telling

    John was hungry, and the thirty-minute pizza place had now crossed the forty-five-minute mark. Not having eaten since the granola bar he scarfed down that morning between his apartment door and the bus stop three blocks away, his stomach was shrinking with each passing second. So, when the doorbell rang, John ran for it and […]

    Chautona Havig

    I’m Chautona Havig (for those who care, that’s Shuh-TONE-uh HAVE-ig) and with the constant press of the world around us, I try to provide an escape. Not just any escape—just the write escape. Books. I love them– always have. From my earliest years, I spent most of my free time lost in a book, until one day I realized that I had stories in my heart and mind that I wanted to tell. Time passed, life, family, and work got in the way, and my dream of being a writer seemed to vanish into the desert winds. Dreams are beautiful things, though; they never quite disappear. I began writing again, editing, writing, editing…more editing… and now I have over two hundred books in progress and a few dozen published. I write the stories of fictional people who have real problems, weaknesses, and triumphs. Through their stories, I try to share the Hope that is within me. I live in a small, remote town in California’s Mojave Desert with my husband and five of my nine children. When not writing, I enjoy paper crafting, sewing, and looking forward to retirement from home education