MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, March 31, 2018, Eastern Standard Time, is the deadline for your story if it’s going in the March 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest. Prizes, fame, and a critique of your writing by me – but not if you don’t enter. 2. If you are interested in being in the upcoming anthology, please let me knowContinue reading “TICK TOCK: Update on the WRITING CONTEST, the ANTHOLOGY, and maybe some other stuff.”
Walk with me and we will spin magical worlds from the air. As plastic touches fingertips, amazing things appear. Castles and kingdoms, dragons and rogues, lovers and liars and thieves. Any story you ever imagine, can live. What will your story be?
Post your answer in the comments section below – and have fun this weekend!
It can’t be easy or convenient for good storytelling. I was watching Back To The Future last night, and there are soooo many little places where they put one more obstacle in between character and the goal. It’s amazing. That’s why that movie is so much fun to watch. Nothing, or almost nothing, happens withoutContinue reading “Put Your Characters Up A Tree And Throw Rocks At Them. And Then More Rocks. And Then Some More…”
Too long! Too short! Wrong girl! That’s the hardest part/parts of getting a cover and getting a blurb. It can drive you crazy! Luckily, I am surrounded by lots and lots of smart writer types who can step up and help. Like our good friend Marie Malo (check out her blog at http://www.MarieMalo.com) who didContinue reading “Blurb Wars! Writer Friends Try Their Hand At Water Castle’s Blurb. (Wanna Give It A Shot Yourself?)”
Yesterday I rolled out a first-draft blurb for this book. Today, I’ve tweaked it. (Three blurbs follow) Is one of the following blurbs better than the others? Which elements do you need in a blurb so you’ll feel compelled to check it out further? What puts you off? BLURB 1: On the tenth anniversary ofContinue reading “Blurb me again! How ’bout one of these for The Water Castle? Better?”
Here’s my tentative blurb for my new novel The Water Castle. Give me your thoughts! but first a brief commercial WRITING CONTEST! Don’t miss out! Great prizes and each entry gets a critique from ME! Details and entry info HERE HURRY! Entry deadline is March 31, 2018 233 words: On the tenth anniversary of her father’sContinue reading “Blurb me! Tentative blurb for The Water Castle – give me your thoughts!”
WRITING CONTEST! Don’t miss out! Great prizes and each entry gets a critique from ME! Details and entry info HERE HURRY! Entry deadline is March 31, 2018 Occasionally, I try to make a book cover for an upcoming work. (That sucker above looks amazing.) Sometimes I do it to give the cover designer an ideaContinue reading “How to make a book cover in 2 easy steps (or 200 not so easy steps). Follow along and watch the magic happen. Probably.”
There might be many differences between writers and athletes, or there might be very few, but one is for certain. How they engage. If a blogger puts up a list of Top 10 items, writers tend to read it and move on. Some will agree with the list, some will disagree, but for the mostContinue reading “There might be many differences between writers and athletes, or there might be very few, but one is for certain.”
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Tonight I’m making a roast. I work four nights a week. While the hellions are in school I edit Old Souls, which means the nights and weekends I do get to spend with the boys are typically quite busy. Meals are rushed. There is homework to contend with, chores…