November is NaNoWriMo month, this year it’s also the general election, and I get more frustrated as November approaches. Those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is must live in a cave, (there are also many who don’t know what the general election means either). During this time, the month of November, every wannabe […]

Do You Know What You’ve Written?

When someone asks you about your book, do you notice the polite smiles and glazed over eyes, or do you do, as I did, keep on talking; trying to cram years of joy into what should be a one minute conversation. Since I’ve bored enough people with my story, let’s talk about writing instead. I […]

Writer’s Conferences

So, what’s good and bad about writer’s conferences? From the perspective of someone who has attended over 40 of them, I’ll clue you in. To clarify, I’m not an eccentric millionaire but was invited as a literary agent, manuscript consultant, and workshop facilitator.  Also, to alleviate writer’s cramp, writers’ conferences, from now on, will simply […]

Guys don’t cry–much

Usually guys don’t cry when they read a novel. Okay, maybe they lie a little because no man likes to admit he cries like a little girl. Truth is I don’t cry with every novel. There. Now I feel better.  However, I do cry when I watch Nicholas Sparks’ movies. I used half a box […]

Those Pesky Words

If only there were ways to write a story without all those pesky words.  If there were a short-cut, some gimmick we could use in place of writing, some symbol or symbols we could play with to increase expressiveness.  Well writers, there are such symbols and, like chocolate, we can’t get enough of them. They’re […]