Here's the situation: Barbara Walters recently swooped upon me in the form of a dream. At least, I hope it was a dream, because otherwise I have some serious home security issues to look into. At first, I was temporarily blinded by the sudden spotlight, and I thought maybe a guardian angel had (finally) come to call. But, when I heard the tell-tale lisping I… Continue reading Barbara Walters Made Me Write This Blog Post.
In honor of the release of Erika Marks's debut novel, LITTLE GALE GUMBO (yes, today's the day!!!), I'm re-posting the essay she wrote for my Get Inspired series back in January. Please read/re-read, and then run out and pick up your copy of LITTLE GALE! Happy book birthday to a wonderfully talented and supportive writing friend. Enjoy your day, Erika! ********** It… Continue reading It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post, By Erika Marks
It was a jam-packed weekend: Good things. Fun things. Sunburned things. It was also the weekend I planned to tackle my To-do List. Life has been busier lately, and the oft-neglected LIST was growing. And growing. So, Sunday afternoon, when things finally started to bubble along at a more relaxed pace, I took out my monstrous list, uncapped my handy red pen, and… Continue reading Sometimes, Just Writing the To-Do List is Enough
Last week we talked about writing apathy -- a debilitating and write-threatening disease that affects the will to write. If the thought of sitting at your computer for an hour leaves you whimpering for a copy of Us Weekly, you may be experiencing symptoms of this serious condition. For a more comprehensive list of the… Continue reading Curing Your Writing Apathy
Bad writing can sometimes teach us more than good writing can. When you pick up a great book, it might be hard to pinpoint the specifics of what makes it all work. Pick up a bad book, and well...the problems tend to jump off the page. Now there's a movie to show us exactly that. I heard… Continue reading Bad Writing (The Movie)
Using your five senses when writing just makes sense. Including details of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch creates a layer of depth to your stories that can make them more believable, relatable, and plain fun to read. But you don't have to wait until you're deep into revisions to come to your senses.… Continue reading Strapped for Story Ideas? Turn to Your Senses