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How Writing Helps Me With The Empty Nest

How Writing Helps Me With The Empty Nest

It has been my experience that my best novels are rooted in the most painful real life experiences. Bummer, right?  Well, not exactly. Since I was young the way I would deal with emotions, particularly sadness, was to write about it. I was a committed daily diary writer, and even once I was an adult, […]

May 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Talking Yourself Down and Talking Yourself Up  (aka: Fighting the Two-Headed Dragon of Insecurity)

Talking Yourself Down and Talking Yourself Up (aka: Fighting the Two-Headed Dragon of Insecurity)

Insecurity, covered with writhing, glinting scales, is a dragon – a truly frightening creature. But here’s the worst part: the dragon has two heads. The battle against the beast begins the moment you put your fingers to the keyboard with serious intent. Your intent is to be a writer. A writer in the wool-stocking, coffee-gesturing, […]

April 26, 2016 | By | 11 Replies More
Choosing Your Words Carefully

Choosing Your Words Carefully

Have you ever thought of words which excite a ready response in readers? Choice is important, and in cases of dramatic suspense, vital. Perfumes can awaken some nostalgic sense in the mind of the person who is reading the book. It may be the scent of honeysuckle, or the warm sweetish perfume of a byre, […]

April 17, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
A Writer’s Work Is Never Done

A Writer’s Work Is Never Done

The other day my daughter walked into our family room and asked me for a ride somewhere. I didn’t turn my head; instead I waved her away, “Shh—I’m working!”“Umm, you’re watching TV,” she said. “Yes, I’m watching TV. It’s the last episode of Downton Abbey and yes, I’ve seen it three times. It’s called feeding […]

April 14, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
Is There Any Hope For Qualifiers?

Is There Any Hope For Qualifiers?

Very, quite, really, pretty, a bit, just, fairly, rather, amazingly, almost, nearly, obviously, clearly… such naughty words! Or are they? Placed directly in front of adjectives or adverbs they are a shorthand method of qualifying the meaning of that adverb or adjective. Sometimes they flounce around by themselves only accompanied now and again by a […]

April 12, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Writing for a Cause

Writing for a Cause

I write because I love to create stories; to formulate something from nothing that hopes to engage and inspire readers from all over the world.  There is something magical in our imagination that allows us to send our audiences on a journey whether it is a true story or fantasy.  That is what inspires me […]

April 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
The 12 Steps to Self-Publishing

The 12 Steps to Self-Publishing

My mother used to say, “Good thing you got your father’s math skills and my English skills, and not the other way around.” My mother was an art major and my father owned a small business. Mom and I would make up stories together with fascinating characters and my dad taught me the old-school way […]

March 31, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
The Art of the “Difficult” Female Protagonist

The Art of the “Difficult” Female Protagonist

Gone With the Wind, published in 1936, was extraordinary for many reasons. For me, the real genius of Margaret Mitchell’s work was her creation of Scarlett O’Hara, a rich, challenging, and difficult character. She’s spoiled, self-centered, scheming, and her family is on the wrong side of history. In spite of all that, we turn the […]

March 29, 2016 | By | 7 Replies More
Why You Should Choose A Hybrid – An Insider’s Guide

Why You Should Choose A Hybrid – An Insider’s Guide

As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, there are several different types of publisher out there and ways to go about securing one. Much information already exists regarding traditional and self-publishing in blog or tweet form (that’s supposed to be a joke), so we won’t waste any time on those. Alternately, this Guide is […]

March 28, 2016 | By | 8 Replies More
Walking and Writing: Step By Step, Word By Word

Walking and Writing: Step By Step, Word By Word

I’m going to walk my way to my next novel. When I write it, of course, I will plant my butt in my chair and go head-to-head with the blinking screen of my laptop. But each word I type there will first take shape when I’m putting one foot in front of the other, when […]

March 26, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More