Ah, sweet relief! You’re alone in your office with every other member of your household occupied elsewhere. The fragrance of your favorite beverage fills the air. Brain foods (like chocolate) await your pleasure. Your phone is muted, and a Do Not Disturb sign warns would-be intruders away from the front door. Now is the time! You power on your trusty computer and settle in to start your novel. But, wait… Continue Reading>>
The similarities between performing music and writing a novel are intriguing. During a period in my life when I thought I was finished with writing forever, I found an outlet for storytelling through music. I lend the perspective of a college vocal major and a musical theater and opera performer to this post. While I still … Continue Reading ››
If you are looking for my usual question of the week, I'm moving it to Mondays.
Meanwhile, in my quest to connect you with all my posts about writing or the writing life, here's a lead-in to one I wrote for Wordserve Water Cooler. If you are an introverted writer, like … Continue Reading ››
I recently guest posted for Sandra Ardoin at Seriously Write on how to prepare for a writing location research trip. I've known Sandra for a while now as we're connected through a historical research group.
I took the image I use to illustrate this post in Yosemite National Park. While … Continue Reading ››
I draw upon my musical background as a classically-trained vocalist to contrast pacing in writing and music for my newest post for Wordserve Water Cooler. They are very similar, a fact that has helped my writing tremendously. In my post I explain the techniques that have more than once caused readers of my … Continue Reading ››
If you face marketing a book as an introverted writer, be sure and check out my guest post for my agency's blog, Wordserve Water Cooler: Marketing for the Introverted Writer.
Here's a lead-in to the post:
“All you need is you, yourself,” marketing expert and author James Rubart once … Continue Reading ››
Advice from a bestselling novelist helped me identify and tame my tendency to overwrite. I went on to land a two-book contract and an agent in the same banner day. My struggle with overwriting wasn't over yet, though. Several rounds of edits from my publisher left me humbled and wiser. I explain in detail how … Continue Reading ››
This week I'm sending you to my guest post for Wordserve Water Cooler, my agency's blog for the next installment in my Build a Social Media Platform series: Goodreads for Writers. Here's a sample from the post:
Do you daydream about … Continue Reading ››
The trouble with being a writer is that you have to write. That would seem desirable, but the writing I’m talking about goes beyond pounding out the next scene in my novel. Since becoming a published novelist, I’ve … Continue Reading ››