In December, my first novel will hit the selves. That both excites and terrifies me. It also gives me pause. It has been a journey like the journey of most aspiring authors. I started full of ideas and passion. It got hard. I got stuck. I stopped. I got a renewed sense of determination. I … Continue reading Writing Tips That Have Served Me Well
Editing sucks. There. I said it. Except it doesn't have to, or at least I don't think it does. I am not saying that it doesn't stink when your editor or beta reader says something like, "Good premise, but I can't connect to the character" or "I like where you were going, but the scene fell … Continue reading Close your eyes to see
Every August students return to my community college world. Students make me think of English classes. English classes make me think of writing. Writing makes me think of 50,000 words in 30 days. Nanowrimo is the acronym for the yearly event known as National Novel Writing Month, a month where writers of all ages and abilities … Continue reading 15 great NaNoWriMo prep sites
Most of us have heard this advice and thought, "But what I know is boring," or "What I know has already been written." Here's the thing. "Write what you know" is not about me writing a story about a woman who got pregnant at 17, married at 18, had some more kids, and divorced before … Continue reading Write What You Know
1) Does she make a memorable first impression? Think about someone you recently met. You began creating an impression of that person before he or she even mutter a word. Before dialogue begins, we need to know where your character is in space and how she is absorbing it. Show us her body language. You … Continue reading Are you making compelling characters? 5 questions that will help you decide
I write psychological thrillers. Recently, I found several hashtags that brought forth a wealth of information for my psyche obsession. If you, too, write about things that go bump in the dark, whether the bump is real or in the mind of your protagonist, I recommend spending a bit of time on Twitter. Here … Continue reading #heebiejeebies
There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. - Ernest Hemingway There is something to be said for those first moments of writing a new novel or short story, those moments when you simply let your fingers run free across the keyboard with no goal except to get … Continue reading What’s in a name?