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Carrie Maldonado – Writer

Freelance writer, wordsmith, and novelist

I remember as a much younger writer, being terribly afraid of my ideas being stolen.  It seems laughable now, because I don’t think I had particularly original ideas to begin with.  It was at some writing convention or other that an agent gently pointed out that there are only so many story ideas out there, …

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One of my babies, Aiden (my husband resisted at the whole, ‘let’s call him Adam because everyone is named Aiden…sheesh) has been undergoing a personality change. It’s really interesting. Although Aiden (baby ‘A’) was born minutes before Benjamin (who we will apparently not be renaming Max, either, – thanks, Tony) and was a much more …

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I don’t know too many writers who enjoy rewrites. Whether the first draft comes easily or it’s like excreting a kidney stone, there is work required after the first draft. The easy part is the proof reading- just making sure that the punctuation and grammar is correct and your word processing program didn’t autocorrect breast …

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As a writer, I am always working to have a compelling voice and for my characters to  have their own distinctive voices.  This can be a challenge when writing characters of a different generation.  As my husband and I descend (rapidly) into ‘old codgery’, we are quick to point out the cultural catch phrases that …

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Over the weekend I went to my friend Mindy Halleck’s book signing. Mindy wrote the absolutely phenomenal book “Return to Sender” (which debuted on my birthday which makes me feel irrationally pleased). This book is amazing! It is a thriller/mystery/literary novel that takes place in the fifties. What I like best about it is that …

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I’ve always been a reader.  Family lore says that I learned to read before I was three years old and I’ve had a book in my hand ever since.  I consider the Kindle the greatest invention ever – way better than the wheel, because the only reason you really need a car is to drive …

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I’ve noticed a trend in the last few years of people not doing New Year’s Resolutions.  It’s like an anti-resolution backlash.  People are refusing to make resolutions because they never follow through.  It’s now the cool thing to not try something because you’re just going to fail anyway, the same way as it’s incredibly cool …

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I think we’ve all heard the saying that “Money is the root of all evil”.  Many people don’t know that this is in the Bible and that it actually says “the LOVE of money is the root of all evil”.  This is very different.  The Bible also says you can’t serve two masters (one being …

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So Grief, Inc. and I got rejected again. This time, by an agent who I was sure was Ms. Right. I was pretty disappointed to get the form letter assuring me that just because my book isn’t right for her doesn’t mean it’s not right for somebody. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s hard sometimes not to …

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It’s so funny how our definition of ‘young’ and ‘old’ changes as we age. Young is pretty much anyone ten years younger than our current age and old is anyone fifteen years older than our current age. Or pretty much. If you’ve read any of my earlier posts, you’ll know that I didn’t produce offspring …

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