It's a long road to a published book. Let's just say it. The journey from first spark, crafting characters, making settings come alive, to destination HEA --it all takes time. And more than a touch of Providence. But knowing where to start is helpful. Knowing what to cut out is even better. So before I …
Take a moment to listen to some GREAT advice from dear friend and aspiring author, Ashley Shouse Storm. Her “Lessons from Chickens” are the best.
But then downhome wisdom replete with common sense, and a sense of humor is always a winning combo.
As my husband and I were climbing into bed, we heard screams of sheer terror coming from the chicken coop. The chickens have freaked out at night before, when strong winds blew off their nest box door. At the time, I thought that was the worst sound I’d ever heard. And it was, until now. These screams were different. Primal. There was no question that something was attacking our chickens.
It was a possum. The girls are all okay, other than being terrified. We think the possum was looking for eggs, but he could have injured or killed my hens. Luckily, they called for help.
Lessons from chickens #3: If you need help, ask for it. Whether a possum is in your bed, or you need to brainstorm a writing project, or you are having thoughts of harming yourself. No matter what you need help with, ask. You don’t have…
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I can’t BELIEVE it’s Friday already. Again.
Where is the time going?
But, seriously, in the interest of slowing down to rest and refuel, here’s multi-published Toni Shiloh, once again putting readers ahead of schedules. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this Friday’s SALES, RELEASES, & GIVEAWAYS.
Happy Friday, Reader Friends!
Can you believe it’s the last Friday in February?! This month is almost over and hopefully we’ll see a bit of spring goodness in the upcoming month. But for now, let’s talk all things bookish!
My author friends have helped me fill Friday’s Sales, Releases, & Giveaways post today. There are some great books listed and ones that are begging to be in your TBR pile.
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Walk away, Renée–that Left Banke ’60’s classic–was a memorable song from my growing up. Why? I was almost named Renée–far more exotic than Ann, but there you go. My mom cooked plain food, too.
As fate would have it, though, I’m not able to walk away.
Good thing or else I’d be missing out! So here I am with another insightful Renée–aspiring author Renée Hurteau–whose on point advice for writers is absolutely golden.
I open my file, glance with trepidation at the myriad red marks and comment bubbles throughout, and promptly close it again. I just can’t. Not right now.
Instead, I thought this might be a good time to share some of my thoughts on editing for any of my fellow writers that have found their way here.
Editing, a crucial element to any good story, is difficult. In the beginning, when you first finish writing and hand it off eagerly to third parties for their feedback, it sometimes can seem like a personal affront when their constructive criticism comes back. However, you shouldn’t take it as one! Constructive criticism is vital to a story that people can immerse themselves in. One misspelled word, one convoluted, hard to read sentence, is enough to jar them out of a state of suspended disbelief. What about that small but glaring plot hole you missed?…
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If you like great stories, you’ll love DIVERSITY BETWEEN THE PAGES. Check in with multi-published Forget Me Not Romances author Alexis Goring as she interviews lawyer-turned-writer Kathy Douglass about How To Steal the Lawman’s Heart. Her latest Harlequin Special Edition release.
And run with the truth that a beating heart that can forgive, embrace today, and learn to love again is what binds us all.
Good Monday Morning, reader friends!
Today, we’re interviewing Kathy Douglass again. This time, we’re talking about another one of her books. This one is titled, How to Steal the Lawman’s Heart.
Interview with Kathy Douglass about her book, How to Steal the Lawman’s Heart:
Alexis: Why did you write this book?
Kathy: I wrote this book because the characters called to me. The idea began floating through my mind and I couldn’t rest until I put their story on paper.
Alexis: What do you want readers to take away from this story? Why?
Kathy: I want readers to understand that no matter what happened in the past, you have to move forward. Trent had a wonderful wife and a truly happy life ripped away from him without warning. It was hard for him to let go of the happy memories or the bitterness at losing it all…
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To everything, turn-turn-turn. There IS a season for all things. And spring flowers are just around the corner. I nearly stomped them this afternoon when tending those lovely details that keep us going—grocery shopping. Rocket shopping. Who has time? It’s a hassle, but people need to eat. Getting bags into the house can be fun—sarcasm …
Want to smile? Get in touch? Reconnect? (With yourself, the world, and your characters?)
This blog is pure GOLD for writers and readers alike in addressing the age gap. But that’s what I’ve come to expect from René Penn, aspiring author and solidly HIP gal pal who never fails to inspire.
Read on. Expect GREAT things. Visit René Penn and . . .
Write on! (HIP speak if you’re of a certain generation, but the sentiment applies no matter what.)
Last week, I wrote about #WriterAcronyms, and how important it is to understand them if you’re a writer using social media. I also joked about the word “hip”. The concept deserved its own post. So here we are…
“Hip” Awareness and Lack Thereof
Per Dictionary. com, one of the definitions for hip is:
“familiar with or informed about the latest ideas, styles, developments, etc.”
Example sentence, “My parents aren’t exactly hip, you know.”
If I weren’t a writer, I probably wouldn’t think twice about the word “hip” and the concept it represents. But as someone in her 40s working on a fiction project with main characters in their late 20s, I wonder about these things.
Do I know enough about the latest trends to write from the perspective of a 27-year-old? Um, I think so.
But every 20 or so pages, I’ll write a bit of dialogue and think, “Would…
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