Character Development, Oldsters, Scene Writing, The Writing Life, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

Back at it…

I felt a sort of jet lag upon returning home from a week away during Hurricane Irma. It’s taken me several days to want to do anything with my writing. Luckily, I have a great writing and critique partner (check her out here) who cares enough to keep up our correspondence, which in turn keeps me accountable!… Continue reading Back at it…

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

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, Protagonists, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers, Writing Contests

What’s that rash? Oh, you’re writing a synopsis…

It’s been a while…In my writing world, I’m currently consumed with writing a one-page synopsis for The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers. I have a May 1st deadline to submit a one-page synopsis, along with the first 7,500 words for the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. I love that they have a… Continue reading What’s that rash? Oh, you’re writing a synopsis…

Oldsters, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life

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 have the money saved to move out West, but other things that you do have control over any given day. "I can accept failure. Everyone… Continue reading What I’m left with turns out to be good enough

Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, Protagonists, The Writing Life, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

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 the truth. Even after finishing my first novel, I couldn't have told you what my voice was as a writer. What is a writer's voice?… Continue reading A Spark Ignites: A New Novel & Finding My Writer’s Voice