Category: Writing

Time Management for Writers

I don’t want to give you the opinion I’m a time management expert. I’m not even close. But I have found a few things that work for me that I’d like to pass along. First, I’d like to suggest watching Laura Vanderkam’s Ted talk. I love her take on...

Too Tired to Write

The biggest reason I don’t write as often as I should is that many nights I’m too tired to write. It’s frustrating to read about other writers who stay up until 4 in the morning or people who give up everything so they have time to write. I seriously...

Dealing with Feedback

Dealing with feedback is something we have to master if we dream of becoming a published writer. It’s inevitable that at some point you have to release your writing into the wild. Which means someone will read your work and possibly leave feedback. And we know anonymous people on...

Dear Baby – First letter in new series

Dear Baby, I can hear you groaning at this whole letter thing. You’re probably rolling your eyes and shrugging it off as either dumb or embarrassing. But I’m hoping on some level, you secretly love it. As a writer, my mind goes places I sometimes wish it didn’t. But...

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...