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

The Writing Life

What is it about the second time around that brings forth so much trepidation? Musicians are often times most harshly judged by their sophomore album, and the same goes for writers. It's almost as if we're always willing to accept one lucky success by someone for their creative endeavors...but if you're really going to put… Continue reading

Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, Scene Writing, The Writing Life

What’s the Sense?

A core element of good writing is including sensory details. Some senses are readily at hand as we write our stories - what our character sees or hears for example. But even with those two, how much better can we make them? I find the revision process the perfect time to try to improve what… Continue reading What’s the Sense?

Character Development, Oldsters, The Writing Life

Doing the Leg Work

Speaking of her writing process, author Jacquelyn Mitchard said, “I do a great deal of research. I don’t want anyone to say, ‘That could not have happened.’” I imagine most writers feel this way, but it’s not just about having your facts straight. One of the great things about writing a novel is putting your characters… Continue reading Doing the Leg Work

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, Writing Resources

Wordplay

With so many resources available to writers today, it's easy to lose the opportunity to do what can be one of the most creative aspects when writing a piece of fiction - finding the right word or phrase to get your point across. While I'm all for using a thesaurus when I want to make sure… Continue reading Wordplay

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…