The Writing Life

…a literary journey

Category Archives: Protagonists

Reader’s Mail

Recently a reader asked me why I chose to write about a group of characters who are more than twenty years older than myself in my novel, Oldsters? “What convinced … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Act Two & A Red Herring?

I just crossed the 22,000 word count on The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers. Not at all where it should be, but that’s only because there were a few months … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Spark Ignites: A New Novel & Finding My Writer’s Voice

I stumbled upon my writer’s voice this week. You may assume that if one is a writer, then they must certainly know what their voice is. That couldn’t be further from … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Right Side of Things

Just an update on all things in my world of words… What I’m reading: I continue to alternate going down the list of Pulitzer Prize winners and something from my … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

What’s the Sense?

A core element of good writing is including sensory details. Some senses are readily at hand as we write our stories – what our character sees or hears for example. … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

3 Reasons to Introduce Characters SLOWLY

When I read a new book, the last thing I want is to be immediately bombarded with character description and back story. I think this is because it mirrors how I … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner: Simplicity @ its Best!

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a writer, the most sought-after praise I would want is for my work to be called ‘clever’ – … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment