Pamela Foster, Author and Speaker

I’m going to share with you a magic word.  Not the one we all learned as children.

Most of my regular readers know about The Sisterhood of the Traveling PenFive women authors traveling together on the long and winding road to overnight success.   Each of us five women bring something unique to the group.  I sometimes think my contribution is the ability to say no.

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The first time someone (I’m pretty sure it was Linda Apple, often known in the group as Mama Linda) suggested we do something and my response was, “No.  I’m not going to do that.”  Well, there was a long moment of stunned disbelief.


“I’m not going to do that.”

The repeat no produced laughter and from that moment, the joke has been– ask Pam, she’ll tell you if she just isn’t going to do that.”

Here’s the thing.  And it’s very…

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Add the Sisterhood to my list of blessings, too.

Jan Morrill Writes

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post since Saturday afternoon, upon my return from the Northwest Arkansas Writers Free Conference. Oddly enough, I intended to title the post “Blessed.” This morning, as I see #Blessed is a trending hashtag on Twitter, I decided I can’t procrastinate any longer.


At Saturday’s conference, I was one of the morning presenters, with my Sisterhood of the Traveling Pen. I discussed two different methods I use to develop and deepen my characters:

  1. Interviewing the character
  2. Describing a photo or painting in the voice of your character

Here’s a copy of the PowerPoint I used in this presentation: Memorable Characters.

If you’d like to read an excellent recap of the day, my friend, Staci Troilo wrote about it on her blog. Click here to read her post titled, “Six Speakers, I Mean, Reasons Why Saturday Was So Great.” Thanks to…

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