Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dream Work

    Another dream, another idea.  It happens every once in a while.  I wake up from an epic dream and run to my computer to write down the details before they fade out of my memory.   Just how many ideas do I have now?  A lot. 

    I have a notebook full of ideas and detailed story notes but now that I look over it, ready to start writing, I can't decide which of these ideas to even get started on. 

How do you decide?!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Querry Letters


Do you have questions about query letters like I do?  I think they are harder to write than the book.  Here is a great site with FAQs about query letters.  While you are there, take a look around the site.  Does anyone else have some advice on query letters to share?
Writers Unboxed

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Do you outline?

These famous writers do.  Go check out this website and look at their images to see all the outlines from familiar authors.   Here is one example from J.K. Rowling from the website Flavorwire.


If you are a writer that does outline it is interesting to see the different ways other writers outline.  I usually use the standard Roman Numeral way or I write it down on index cards and put things in order.  Which way do you outline?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Two Sentence Horror Stories.


Some of these are really great.  I especially like #12.   Anybody got the nerve to make up there own two sentence horror story?    Let's see it.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

This is how you do it

I only thought I was going to let a migraine stand in the way of writing an article.  Turns out all I need to do is to sit down and write.  Easier said than done, right?

Do all writers suffer from a horrible case of procrastination?  Do you?  What do you do about it?  I normally would go do housework or some kind of physical activity.  I don’t know why but that always gets my creative juices flowing, especially walking.  Not walking on the treadmill but walking outside.   I could go on and on about taking a walk and what I would see, smell and touch that would inspire me but that would be procrastinating and we all know I don't do that.  So now, let me tell you about this dream I had last night...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

100 Notable Books of 2013


I don't know how many of you saw this article but it is very interesting to a writer.  One of these days we all hope to be on this list.  A lot of these books I have not heard of so that only shows me that I am not reading near as much as I need to be.  How many of these have YOU read??

NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hello, Good-Bye, Good Grief

I attended a wonderful writing workshop this weekend by Michael Garrett.  It wasn’t about how to write a book but how to get a book published and how to create a novel that publishers would want.  This was such an eye-opening workshop.  Mr. Garrett had such wonderful advice for the group.   During the first part of the workshop I was getting so motivated and couldn’t wait to get home to work on my NANOWRIMO story but by the end of the workshop I had come to a shocking conclusion…I should not participate in NANOWRIMO.  Instead of writing for hours and hours on a story that is thrown together I should utilize that time reading books in a specific genre (the genre I want to write in) and researching those books.   I should be using that time to outline and make character profiles so when I do sit down to write the story I am not spinning my wheels trying to figure out what my character will do next. 

So, unfortunately, I say good-bye to my NANOWRIMO ambitions but say hello to a renewed enthusiasm to write and be published (and to plan on making this a long-term career).