Life is ripe with choices, spilled out like a Horn of Plenty. Cornucopias if you're putting on airs. And why not? Accents and attitudes are fun. Entertaining, absolutely, but often necessary. Who hasn't changed their tone for that critical interview? The BE-THERE party or that dreaded public speaking encounter? (Raise a hand for keeping it… Continue reading Ash Keller–Fresh, FUNNY, and Wickedly Talented. A Must Read for Romantic Comedy!
Jack-of-all-trades equals Master-of-None. That's the saying. But that saying has featured "Jack" for far too long. What about Jill, our unsung heroine? Or in our case, Heather Scarlett? Professional career woman, ENGAGING wife and dear friend, ON IT MOM, and romance writer. Hello!! (Satisfying role reversals go far beyond fiction.) Doing it all is no… Continue reading Heather Scarlett: A Smart and Sassy Debut Author Who Does It All. Really!
All right. Me again. Time for a cover reveal. Yes, I've chatted about SNOW IN LOVE, the sweet collection of holiday stories brought to you by #Readertainment available for pre-order on Amazon. (The woman to the left is how I envision myself. Darker hair, a far better red lip, but the caffeine is spot on!… Continue reading All He Wants for Christmas: Cover reveal and pre-order deets!
You tell me, dear readers. I've received the proper blessing of one and all in this attempt to remain sane -- not quite penning psalms but that's okay! I've been hunkered all summer penning Christmas romance. FUN much?? YESSSSSSSS! Covid has brought about a shift in yours truly. And getting my humor on has taken… Continue reading Worst Mistake or Best Thing Since Adam woke up to Eve??
Hear, ye. Hear, ye. If you're looking to publish your latest novel, read on. And feel free to spread the word. This summer is shaping up to be the best one ever. TAKING FLIGHT ANNUAL CONTEST Winged Publications presents its first annual contest–Taking Flight!! (Indie published okay to submit) Any genre! Only clean or inspirational,… Continue reading Dreaming of a publishing contract? Here’s your chance!
David Austin Lady of Shalott rose. I love, love, love it! Do you want to bloom? Reach your peak? Do you want passersby to stop and admire those showy blooms and drink in that intoxicating fragrance? It all begins with proper care and feeding. That’s right. Authors are like rose bushes, roots dug deep into… Continue reading Care and Feeding of Roses: Not Your Everyday Garden Guide
NO fooling. There are different ways to approach a story, but each carries its own consequences.
Check in with Florence Witkop, author of The Man from Yesterday, for some writerly wisdom that could save YOU some serious time. And, please, follow me if you’d like to continue this journey of learning, laughing, and generally having a BLAST. I know I am.
There are two ways to write a story. Their proponents are called plotters and pantsers. Plotters sketch the plot before starting the story, pantsers just sit at their computer and start writing, letting the characters tell them what comes next.
Both are fine. Depends on which kind of person you are. And how you want to spend your writing time.
Plotters spend a lot of time discovering their characters and their story before they write so when they sit down at their computers, all they have to do is tell the story.
Pantsers don’t do that but they spend a whole lot more time writing. It’s estimated that a finished novel goes through 10 rewrites before being published. That figure would be less if pantsers weren’t included. But pantsers don’t…
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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… Continue reading June Foster: The Long Way Home
The Grinch is at it again, not skulking back to his hidey-hole on Mt. Crumpet as is proper come New Years. The furred menace is targeting my desk this time. My trusty chair, too. But, if I’m honest, the set isn’t mine. Oh, the glory of goldenrod and olive green The spindly number—where I often… Continue reading First They Came for My Mattress: Out with the old!
NaNoWriMo is over and done. 2018 is nearing its last hoorah. The time for setting 2019 goals is almost here. We writer’s NEED them.
But, if you’re panicking about last year’s lovelies, those unfinished darlings more commonly called WIPs, don’t. The dreaded DID NOT FINISH doesn’t need to get you down.
Check in with the always witty, René Penn, author of the Bachelorette Blogger serial for some perspective. Her light side approach to the dreaded DNF is sure to make you chuckle and help you . . .
A few months ago, I learned about the term DNF, Did Not Finish, in the context of reading books. It’s when someone loses interests in a book they’re reading and never makes it to the end.
Funny thing is, we writers have this DNF experience with our own writing. Don’t we?
I know I’ve amassed a pile of DNF writing projects over the years. I just added to it again last month, which is probably why this has been on my mind.
From my previous post, Our Stories Are Like Socks, where I discussed the oddball similarities between socks and stories…
“Don’t get stuck on a story that’s the wrong fit, that has holes, and is sagging at key points. Even if you’ve tried to mend it, patch it, or hold it up with story suspenders, there comes a point when you know that there’s no saving it.”
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