Category: Writing

Book Review: The Devil in the White City

Nonfiction The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America By Erik Larson 447 pp. Vintage $20.50 Years ago you wouldn’t have caught me reading a nonfiction book unless it was assigned as homework. Admittedly, it’s still not my favorite genre. Like...

Writing Approach & Process

We hear a lot about pantsers and plotters, so much so you’d think those are the only two approaches to writing. Every writer needs to figure out the writing process that will work for them. It doesn’t have to be the same as their favorite writer. Mine isn’t. Last...

Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Fiction The Ocen at the End of the Lane By Neil Gaiman 256 pp. William Morrow $11.38 Memories are malleable. For the most part, they live in the recesses of our mind and come out at odd times. Sometimes they peek out their head and other times they make...

Book Review: Into Thin Air

Count mountain climbing off my bucket list. Nonfiction Into Thin Air By Jon Krakauer 293 pp. Villard $14.60 There’s something innately ‘cool’ about mountain climbing. I’m not sure if it’s the gear, the brands, the people (both real and fictional), or the mountains themselves. Maybe all of the above;...

Using character motivation and beliefs to raise the stakes

As you write, look through each of your character's eyes. Look for their character motivation, but also for their beliefs and ways these can cross paths in a way that forces your character to make a decision that puts their goal in danger. ...

Dealing with Rejection

All of us will encounter rejection at some time in our life, some more than others. Writers fall into this often rejected category. It’s a fact of life we have to learn to deal with. I wrote a short story in January and entered it into a contest. We...

Happy New Year – Start your goals

Happy New Year Everyone! It’s bittersweet isn’t it? On one hand it’s exciting to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with new goals, new hopes, new outlooks. But there’s something sad about letting go. I took the ornaments off my tree today, and it looks so bare. Taking...

Too many projects and not enough time

Sometimes I wonder if I have too many hobbies and activities. I write stories and read books. I crochet and sometimes knit (although I probably shouldn’t include knit because I keep having to start over the dishcloth I’m trying to make). I sew. And I like to exercise, and...

Free Novelette – The Caravan

Writing The Caravan has been a long process. The Idea came from a dream I had about two years ago. I don’t want to give away the story before you read it, so I’ll just say, the dream inspired the big, dramatic scene towards the end. Because of this,...

Writing tip: Observe the small stuff

This writing tip came to me on two separate occasions. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my phone with me to take a picture either time. We’ve been talking about show don’t tell in writing. This subject came to mind as we were driving to Myrtle Beach. Off in the distance,...