Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, reading, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Resources

A Rainy Day in Florida…

It's been a while since I've visited you here, my friends. I'm happy to say I'm back on track with my reading - having just finished The Virtues of Aging, by Jimmy Carter, my 28th book of the year. I just started Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and it may be the last one… Continue reading A Rainy Day in Florida…

The Writing Life

I didn't think so, until someone I trusted pointed it out to me in a few different stories I am working on. I've had the greatest fortune to recently find a critique partner that gets me, gets me writing and most importantly, speaks the truth. We're thousands of miles away - she's in New Zealand,… Continue reading

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?

Oldsters

A Note for Posterity

Just a quick note to try to capture for posterity how I'm feeling about publishing my first novel - wait what?  YES, Oldsters is finally available in paperback and for the Kindle - CHECK IT OUT HERE! And for those of you following me on Twitter at @iamvickiroberts, I apologize for the duplicate self-promotion :). Okay,… Continue reading A Note for Posterity