Character Development, reading, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life

stretch, yawn, open eyes

My holiday break from online activity extended into quite a long one; a much needed one. But I've returned, and look forward to reading and writing content that gives us all a brief respite from the things we'd rather ignore for the moment. I spent the time reading and writing, and a bit of Netflix binging. So all… Continue reading stretch, yawn, open eyes

Character Development, Scene Writing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Impasse

Afterward, they would argue about who turned back first. Ten minutes ago, when she made him pull over so she could walk the rest of the way home, the maverick in her started planning. Get out of the lease, buy a used car of her own, and get back to her own life. The snow… Continue reading Impasse

Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Time for a flash prompt..

It's been a while since I did a writing prompt. Normally, I use my own photography on these, but I ran across this today, and it touched something in me that I thought deserved to be examined. So, take a few minutes away from your project at hand, and write 500 words or less using this as… Continue reading Time for a flash prompt..

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, Self-Publishing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Turn the Page

Fitzgerald Resurrected

I just finished reading the newly published collection of lost stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it brought back my decades-old teenage obsession with Scott and Zelda. My younger self was taken with the tragic progression of Zelda's life, but in this book, I found a new respect for Fitzgerald as a writer and a… Continue reading Fitzgerald Resurrected

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?

Character Development, Scene Writing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Uncategorized

Planner or Pantser?

Depends on the medium. I will always be a planner when it comes to my novels, and unfortunately I have no wiggle room in this belief. I usually hate when people can't see both sides of something, but this is one topic on which I can't see myself budging. Be assured, it comes from a good place! First… Continue reading Planner or Pantser?