I’ve trodden the boards most of my life. No, I’m not talking about walking the plank, although it sometimes can feel that way during the infamous period known by theater people as hell week. That’s when troublesome musical passages, elusive lines, and final costume fittings collide with an overloaded slate of rehearsals. When it comes to … Continue Reading ››
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Embracing life with gusto can lead to overload. Ask me. I know. Perhaps it’s the nature of my personality or the fact that I’m a joiner or simply How Life Goes. Whatever the reason, I regularly have to lighten my load … Continue Reading ››
You’ll notice I didn’t include the word “easy” in the title of this post. There are not seven “easy” steps to writing a novel in scenes. It takes hard work. I suspect that's why so many writers substitute narrative summary for scenes. Of course, … Continue Reading ››
Envy. It crops up with appalling ease. A member of your local writing group signs a multi-book contract. Another lands a dream agent. One friend tells you her latest book needs no substantial edits while you’re drowning in them. A friend wins an award you covet. You swallow the worm of jealousy, brace yourself and offer … Continue Reading ››
Writing is a lot like performing music. I know this because I studied vocal music in college and spent a little time running around stages singing in musical theater and opera productions. While I still sing on occasion, the main advantage I now find in having a musical background is that the techniques I learned … Continue Reading ››
It’s one thing to tell you I’ve conquered time management despite the added responsibilities signing a book contract brings. It’s another to show you how I accomplished this. Whether … Continue Reading ››
It’s a commodity in these days of high-speed connections, hurry sickness, and dinner on the run. We seldom think of it, but we need it to thrive. It’s jealously guarded by the few who find even a small piece of it. And it … Continue Reading ››
Agents complain that their slush piles overflow with variations of the same stories offered over and over, each by a writer without a unique writing voice. Why does this happen? And how can you prevent it from happening to … Continue Reading ››