I Got A Job Writing! NOW WHAT?

Opportunity Knocks. Sometimes, late at night. Or early in the morning… I accidentally got a job writing! Now what?   It happens more often that you’d think – twice in seven days to friends of mine – and now comes WRITER’S BLOCK. “I need something good, something stellar, something that will let these people knowContinue reading “I Got A Job Writing! NOW WHAT?”

Nobody Cares About Your Details!

How much detail do you include about stuff in your story, and where do you put it? Learn more about character descriptions HERE Usually, when we are new, we misplace the information and tell it at the wrong time, and in too much detail. A recent story I critiqued had a big, solid cop sittingContinue reading “Nobody Cares About Your Details!”

Advance Praise For Poggibonsi!

One of my critique partners has closed in on the finish of Poggibonsi, my romantic comedy. He has these kind words to offer. (Best. Critique. Ever.) . “You, on the other hand, have a gift. The whole crazy story of marital angst, betrayal and reconciliation is spot on. The whole thing was a sleigh rideContinue reading “Advance Praise For Poggibonsi!”

Author Profile: Sharon Ward-Keeble Is Living The Dream, Making Money From Writing

Hi Gang! Today we have with us my friend Sharon Ward Keeble, an international journalist for over two decades and author of the fabulously inspirational book The Horse Girl, about the London subway bombings in 2005. She also penned a personal memoir about her adventures as a young lady from Great British backpacking around China,Continue reading “Author Profile: Sharon Ward-Keeble Is Living The Dream, Making Money From Writing”

Kill Your Darlings, my darlings: Word Count Goals By Genre And How To Meet Them (Kinda)

I recently read a brilliant piece by my friends at WriteOnSisters (are you not following them? Why not??) that touched on word count. Agents and publishers have word count goals by genre, and you should be within it – and then the post discussed how to do that in their typically brilliant way. READ aboutContinue reading “Kill Your Darlings, my darlings: Word Count Goals By Genre And How To Meet Them (Kinda)”

Stephen King Memes Contest

I read another great article on Stephen King and stole the best parts (hey, the writer stole them from King’s book “On Writing” anyway, so fair’s fair). Here they are. If you create a meme from them, a little picture and maybe Mr. King’s image, I’ll post it here and tweet about it on TwitterContinue reading “Stephen King Memes Contest”

Get Off Your Crutches! 3 Simple Steps To Eliminate Crutch Words In Your Stories

I was updating a story chapter with the critiques from my critique circle and one author friend mentioned I used the word “look” too often. She looked up at me. I looked around. Stuff like that. I did it enough that she noticed it, so I scanned the 3500 word chapter and saw “look” 17Continue reading “Get Off Your Crutches! 3 Simple Steps To Eliminate Crutch Words In Your Stories”