The Writing Life, Writing Resources

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, been whisked away into a cult or just sitting around, binge watching every season of Mad Men again. I've been trying to finish my edits on Oldsters in an effort to 1) let my beta reader have a go at it, and 2) leave time… Continue reading

Oldsters, The Writing Life

What’s on your ‘Project Notes’ list?

If you're a regular reader, you know that the rule I break most often during the writing process is editing while I go. I've always been a rule breaker, accepted & moved on. With that said, I still have to maintain a list of things I'll want to go back and either make sure I… Continue reading What’s on your ‘Project Notes’ list?

The Writing Life

Count Your Lucky Stars – You’re a Writer!

Do you hesitate to call yourself a writer because no one pays you to do it, or at least not for the kind of writing you want to do? Are you writing catalog copy when you know you have a literary novel in you dying to get out? How about the technical writer who dreams… Continue reading Count Your Lucky Stars – You’re a Writer!

The Writing Life

One Writing Process Does Not Fit All…

If you’re going the traditional publishing route, and you’re not quite finished with you manuscript, you may think it’s too early to do anything but write. At some point, you may get discouraged and think you’ll never finish the story, let alone go through the necessary editing and re-write stages and then look for an… Continue reading One Writing Process Does Not Fit All…

Writing workshops

…always the student

I spent today in beautiful Sarasota, Fl - about 40 minutes from my home in St. Petersburg - attending a writing workshop led by CNN Senior Copy Editor and novelist John DeDakis. DeDakis has been with CNN for years, and currently works on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. He's also the author of two… Continue reading …always the student

Character Development, Self-Publishing

…the errors of our way

Every day, more writers are turning to the world of self-publishing. While I understand their tendency to take this route, the result - for me at least - is that the lack of proof reading and editing is having disastrous results in the literature we're reading. I own a Kindle, and I have the Prime… Continue reading …the errors of our way