Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, Protagonists, Reader's Questions, The Writing Life

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 you to write the story of these elderly characters, and how did you get into the mindset of Eddie, Nick, Lila, Bette and Ray?” At… Continue reading Reader’s Mail

Character Development, Protagonists, Scene Writing, The Writing Life, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

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 I took off to write some short stories. I also spent that time outlining, writing the first story synopsis and building a website for my… Continue reading Act Two & A Red Herring?

Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, Protagonists, The Writing Life, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

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 the truth. Even after finishing my first novel, I couldn't have told you what my voice was as a writer. What is a writer's voice?… Continue reading A Spark Ignites: A New Novel & Finding My Writer’s Voice

Character Development, Protagonists, Protagonists, Scene Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Groups

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 Goodreads list. I just finished The Keepers of the House, which won in 1965. Currently I'm reading Someone, by Alice McDermott. What I'm Writing: In regards… Continue reading The Right Side of Things

Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, Scene Writing, The Writing Life

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. But even with those two, how much better can we make them? I find the revision process the perfect time to try to improve what… Continue reading What’s the Sense?

Character Development, Protagonists, The Writing Life

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 like to get to know people in real life - slowly. I'm turned off, almost distrustful, when I meet someone new who wants to share… Continue reading 3 Reasons to Introduce Characters SLOWLY

Book Reviews & Discussions, Protagonists, Turn the Page

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' - and Olive Kitteridge is exactly that - CLEVER! A collection of short stories that looks no further than in the windows (sometimes pulling aside the… Continue reading 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner: Simplicity @ its Best!