The Writing Life

…a literary journey

Tag Archives: character development

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

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 – … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

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. … Continue reading

May 15, 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