Photo by Luke Braswell on Unsplash Her whole life She’s driven herself To achieve, Be the best. What happens when she gets it? Nothing and no one. I’ve worked with this character before. She is a self-created fixer of other people’s problems, an astute and talented management consultant. At first, she was an idea in a… Continue reading For M, Who Isn’t Real
Photo by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash She blew in with her story, her dog, her big ideas and forceful optimism that it was time for me to write her story. Who was I to argue? I’m just the writer. I’m the person who’d been working hard and well on a completely different novel, one in which… Continue reading One Way to Make Sure Your Story is Worth Writing: Send It Into the Woods #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
The Author Toolbox Blog Hop is “a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful.” Want to jump into the writing tool box? Search #AuthorToolboxBlogHop or to… Continue reading Playing Inside the Box #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
Pixabay by way of Pexels.com She left. So quietly, I barely noticed. And I was the one who asked her, very gently and kindly if she would be willing to go and please don’t slam the door on the dog’s tail. She left. Not a peep. Without an unbearably cute last moment. Off goes Nina,… Continue reading Off She Goes! And the Story Is Better for It, Even Though We’ll Miss Her.
Photo by pixabay.com on pexels.com Yesterday was the first official day of novel revision. Usually, I go head down into a manuscript, steaming coffee in my favorite mug at my elbow. I read. I push on through turgid prose, dropped conversations, evasive scenes that take up space. I forge steadily ahead no matter what I… Continue reading When Writing Less Is More
Author photo, author’s old paperweight Where did it come from? Why? What do I do with this thing now? I don’t know the definitive, verifiable, successful answer to any of those questions — or any of the others crowding in demanding attention. I do know that it’s Kris’ fault, lovely Kris who writes so honestly,… Continue reading Question the Question
Photo by Suvan Chowdhury on pexels.com Occasionally, but often enough to notice, I short circuit the world around me. Lightbulbs suddenly flare bright, go dead when I flick on a light switch. An appliance light flickers, brightens, darkens forever. Everyday events like these can be common in an old house. I stock every kind of… Continue reading Blowing Lightbulbs