Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Self-Publishing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Turn the Page

Fitzgerald Resurrected

I just finished reading the newly published collection of lost stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it brought back my decades-old teenage obsession with Scott and Zelda. My younger self was taken with the tragic progression of Zelda's life, but in this book, I found a new respect for Fitzgerald as a writer and a… Continue reading Fitzgerald Resurrected

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, Scene Writing, The Writing Life, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

5 Tips for Plunging, not Dipping into Your Writing World

I was looking back at my last couple of posts today and see that a month ago, I had noted crossing the 22,000 word count on my new novel, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers. In just the last month, I've written another 8,000+ words. When I reflect on this progress, what stands out is how I've… Continue reading 5 Tips for Plunging, not Dipping into Your Writing World

Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Groups

Taking a Page from the Past

I've always loved reading about the writers of the past, especially the relationships they had. It seemed that gender and age was of little importance in these bonds. And often times, Gertrude Stein's salon played a major role in introductions. When Stein met Thornton Wilder, she had just returned to America after living in Paris… Continue reading Taking a Page from the Past

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, Scene Writing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Uncategorized

Planner or Pantser?

Depends on the medium. I will always be a planner when it comes to my novels, and unfortunately I have no wiggle room in this belief. I usually hate when people can't see both sides of something, but this is one topic on which I can't see myself budging. Be assured, it comes from a good place! First… Continue reading Planner or Pantser?

Character Development, Protagonists, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers, Writing Contests

What’s that rash? Oh, you’re writing a synopsis…

It’s been a while…In my writing world, I’m currently consumed with writing a one-page synopsis for The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers. I have a May 1st deadline to submit a one-page synopsis, along with the first 7,500 words for the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. I love that they have a… Continue reading What’s that rash? Oh, you’re writing a synopsis…