Blog Archives

Write Now, As Is

You either start now, or it is not going to happen for you, and you are going to wake up at seventy years old…filled with sorrow that you let your dream, your passion, gift, fall by the wayside. You start

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Quotes

The Why of Writing

Let the reason you write—your why—become your motivation. Your why is the best boss you could ever ask for. It has only one requirement: You must show up, even if you don’t feel qualified yet. ~ Jerry Jenkins

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Quotes

Don’t Spoon-Feed Your Readers

Trigger the theater of your readers’ minds, and each can vividly imagine the story in their own unique way. Evoke, don’t spoon-feed. Get out of the way of your reader’s imagination. ~ Jerry Jenkins

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Quotes

3 Fiction Writing Terms: Data Dump, Filter Word, Head Hopping

I wince at the memory of using each of these writing “no-no’s” in my early fiction (and critique partners still catch me in the act at times). Data dumping is fun for writers bursting to share their research or hard-wrought

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Fiction Writing Terms

K.M. Weiland’s Writing Manifesto

While I’m working to complete a writing project this week and enjoying the last of a string of family visits, I wanted to share K.M. Weiland’s Writing Manifesto. One of these days I’ll create my own and follow her advice:

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in The Writing Life

The Only Writing Advice That Matters

The only piece of writing advice that really matters is to keep going. Getting caught up in the idea that every book you write has to be published is the surest way to make sure you don’t keep going. ~

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Quotes

3 Fiction Writing Terms: Clichés, Point of View, Suspension of Disbelief

I start every post in this series by pointing out my early lack of knowledge of creative writing terms. As a wise writing sage once said, “Knowing is one thing, doing is another.” Or maybe that was Yoda… Study and

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Fiction Writing Terms

Learn to Write One Brick at a Time

Most writing is not a special gift or talent. Writing is a skill that can be taught. It can be likened to bricklaying; you learn it one brick at a time, and you get better the more bricks you lay.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Quotes

Bad Writing: Good for Laughs and Learning

Writers have many opportunities to ensure their manuscripts are ready to submit. We can take classes and workshops to acquire skills, both basic and advanced. We can gain feedback in critique groups and from professional editors and proofers. And the

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Writing Advice, Writing Fiction

Timeless Characters, Timeless Advice

In any kind of writing, knowing what to omit is as important as knowing what to include.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Quotes
All who wander are not lost.~ JRR Tolkien

CampNaNoWriMo Winners Badges Apr_Jul 2015