One of the greatest writing resources is the space in which we write. The enthusiast response, both at my author site and on my social networks, to my Continue Reading ››
Writing a first draft is akin to flying. On a wing and a prayer, I launch out above the crowd. Just like Dumbo, I don't need anyone else or even a magic feather to soar. And then it's time to land, which in literary terms means self-editing. If I am wise, I call upon others to … Continue Reading ››
I know a writer who wakes up every morning with a sense of expectancy. She can’t wait to make it to the keyboard so she can delve back into the current novel of her heart. Writing is always a delight. I wish I was more like her. Continue Reading ››
Time slips by on silent feet, stealing past even the most observant. To write a book, a writer has to be trap this elusive trickster. Having a plan helps. I'm talking about something I discovered by accident, a humbling admission for an analytical person given to developing the type of schedules that make some people blanch.
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Sooner or later most writers stub their proverbial toes on what can seem an overwhelming obstacle: the need for graphic design. Some writers blanch and take the easy way out by having someone else create their website banners, stationery and business cards. There’s nothing wrong with that approach, but writers don't usually lack the creative … Continue Reading ››
I've known James Rubart for years now and have watched his phenomenal rise to the status of celebrated author. Truly, it was enough to terrify anyone. It can't have been easy, but Jim handled it with grace and humility. I applaud him for that. If anyone can teach on this topic … Continue Reading ››
The second plot point injects the final information needed to propel a novel toward its climax. Occurring around the 75% mark, this scene effectively rings the curtain down on the novel's second act as it skews the story in an unexpected direction. From this point onward, the reader is aware that the climax has begun … Continue Reading ››