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

Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Writing short to write long…

You know the feeling you get when you learn how to do something you've tried to master since you were a kid? I have these files in my room - manila folders full of yellowed notebook paper, stories I'd written as a teenager. Short stories that I started, but never successfully finished. Oh, I finished… Continue reading Writing short to write long…

Oldsters, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life

What I’m left with turns out to be good enough

The great thing about life is you can change course when it feels necessary. Oh, maybe not the big things - like you hate where you live, but you don't have the money saved to move out West, but other things that you do have control over any given day. "I can accept failure. Everyone… Continue reading What I’m left with turns out to be good enough

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, Scene Writing, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life, Uncategorized

The Waiting Game

It's been three weeks since I sent out my first five agent queries for Oldsters. After hitting send on those emails, I've put that process out of my mind for now. I left Eddie and his friends at the end of the story and hope that my first attempt at a query letter will garnish some kind… Continue reading The Waiting Game

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?