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Past Imperfect: the Complications of Historical Authenticity

Past Imperfect: the Complications of Historical Authenticity

People who don’t usually read historical fiction are often surprised to find out how much research goes into a historical novel. Yes, novelists use their imaginations to flesh out the details, but we also do extensive research to make the setting of our novels feel authentic to the reader. All good novels incorporate sensory details, […]

February 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Writing With Readers On The Mind

Writing With Readers On The Mind

To write stories is always to be alone in a room, with only our characters for company. But what about readers? To write presupposes their eventual existence. Yet for a writer just setting out, doubtful of success, the reader is as fictional as the rest of it. We write for various reasons. To understand ourselves […]

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
How To Find Writing Time

How To Find Writing Time

Some days, I feel like a circus act, juggling a set of knives as I walk the tightrope, praying I don’t come crashing to the floor. But the truth is, I’m not employed by the Ringling Brothers. That job may be easier, to be honest. I am the wearer of many hats, the jack of […]

February 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Crafting Resonance: Music and Writing

Crafting Resonance: Music and Writing

My feet are tired. I’ve been standing in front of a whiteboard most of the day, trying to tease apart strands of story in the novel I’m working on. Working like this is new to me, but I really like mapping out the book in this tactile way. It reminds me of playing music. I […]

February 19, 2018 | By | 4 Replies More
How the Goddess Writes

How the Goddess Writes

As a writer, my writing is an extension of my life, my heart and my identity. Most writers can agree with the statement that writing isn’t something we do because we must. It’s something we do because we simply can’t not write. It’s an outpouring of our heart-mind onto paper, flowing in ways that are […]

February 16, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
Do Other Memoir Writers Have This Experience?

Do Other Memoir Writers Have This Experience?

I’ll be briskly writing away at my desk, feeling like I’m in the zone, and the words are sliding out onto the page from that sweet spot inside. A scene from that time of my life will come to me. It’s a flash of memory that’s crystal clear. I see myself there, in that setting, […]

February 15, 2018 | By | 10 Replies More
Sexuality in Writing

Sexuality in Writing

If I recall how I first learned about sex, I would have to credit a variety of sources. For starters, it was my mother who taught me that sex led to pregnancy and periods were the start of the process. The period would happen soon, the pregnancy, God willing, not until I was married. Sex […]

February 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Goals, Dreams And Why You Should Be Writing Right Now

Goals, Dreams And Why You Should Be Writing Right Now

I have always been a planner. I love to do lists, goals, dreams, timelines – anything I can write into a cute notebook and tick off in green pen, I’m there. I planned my way into being an author. It had always been the end goal, and in every way, I prepared. I made lists […]

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
A Show of Hands—Who Here Is a Genre Jumper?

A Show of Hands—Who Here Is a Genre Jumper?

The film, Jumper (2008), is a movie obsession of mine and I’ve watched it countless times. The main character, played by Hayden Christensen, discovers he has the power to jump to any place in the world, simply by thinking about it. There’s a villain (Samuel L Jackson), more than one chase scene, and a romantic […]

February 11, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
Caution: May Cause Side Effects

Caution: May Cause Side Effects

I started down my writing path a few years ago with a story to tell and a love for the written word. The more I wrote, the better my writing became. The better my writing became, the more I wanted to write. The more I wrote. . . You get the idea. Writing had progressed […]

February 9, 2018 | By | 4 Replies More