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, The Writing Life, Writing Groups, Writing Prompts

Anthologies Away…

So I've talked my critique group into helping me to create and produce an anthology of sorts. I've always thought about submitting stories to anthologies, but I got the idea that it would be a great project for the group - allowing us some relief from our main projects, and for a few of the… Continue reading Anthologies Away…

Oldsters, The Writing Life, Uncategorized, Writing Groups

Shout out to Critique Groups…

Happy New Year! I can seriously imagine the thousands of people writing their first blog of the year; or maybe even more starting a brand new blog...whether it's to engage current and attract new followers, or simply because like me, they cannot not write. As I sat writing in my journal this morning, of course… Continue reading Shout out to Critique Groups…

Oldsters, The Writing Life, Writing Groups

Island Writing

Finally settling into life here on the East Coast of Florida...found a daytime job that lets me concentrate on writing at night and weekends. The only thing missing was people! I'm not someone who needs tons of friends, but I do miss the few people I was close to in St. Pete. In an effort… Continue reading Island Writing

Character Development, Oldsters

Can you keep a secret?

I've gotten several questions lately asking if I would be serializing my novel, Oldsters, here on my blog while I worked on editing my first draft. That, coupled along with a conversation I had with a friend at dinner the other night, sparked the idea for this posting. While catching each other up on our… Continue reading Can you keep a secret?

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts, Writing Resources, Writing workshops

Eating Your Words thru Chance Operation

There was a poet. As a regular exercise, he would lock himself in his house and play Pink Floyd's The Wall non-stop for two days. During this time, he would sit and jot down random words that came to mind. When the time was up, he would take the pieces of paper and cut them up so… Continue reading Eating Your Words thru Chance Operation

Book Reviews & Discussions, The Vault, Writing Groups, Writing Resources

The Vault #3: Writing Practices…they really do work!

After much internal debate regarding writing practices and the distraction I believed they would be from writing my novel, I've changed my mind. And the book that helped me decide is Judy Reeves' A Writer's Book of Days. After a friend in my writing group recommended it and I leafed through his copy, I went home… Continue reading The Vault #3: Writing Practices…they really do work!