I've started reading through some magazines I've had sitting around for months and came across an interesting quote in the Editor's Note of the July/August 2017 issue of Poets & Writers. In it, Kevin Larimer talks about the notion, popular amongst aspiring authors, of publishing as an "impenetrable fortress." Even though I haven't started to … Continue reading Different Way of Thinking
A couple of weeks ago, I considered myself "done" with Book One. Almost. Faced with conflicting beta reader/CP opinions about the opening of my story, I was in no state to deal with potentially humongous changes. Instead, I finished all the small edits, marked a handful of things "to come back to," including the beginning. … Continue reading Book One – Next Steps!
Triggers and trigger warnings are a huge topic, about which I have mixed feelings. But I'm not here to address the overall topic today; instead, I wanted to talk about one side of the matter that I don't often see mentioned. What if you, the writer, are the one who's triggered by what you're writing? … Continue reading Writers Dealing with Triggering Scenes?
Yes, that's for real! If I wanted to get SUPER technical, it's been going on in my mind longer than that even. In 3rd grade, we were given creative writing prompts every Tuesday, right after the fluoride lady came around. I still have my collection of stories from that year (picture pending), and somewhere towards … Continue reading 24 Years of Front and Center
First, a disclaimer: This post is NOT intended to slam anyone. Every beta reader or critique partner who has read portions of my story has taken the time out of their busy lives to help with this endeavor for no personal gain, and that in itself is worthy of appreciation. Also, every single person has … Continue reading Critique Partner Musings
Hi guys, Sorry for the long break between real entries, but my husband and I have both been sick with some violent, horrific post-nasal drip/cough/overall lousy feeling thing since BEFORE our trip to New York City, and we've just started recuperating over the past day or so. If this is what the common cold is … Continue reading Genre Woes
ETA: this is another pilfered entry from a previous, now defunct author blog I had last year. I meant to post it yesterday, on the actual anniversary of Garfield's assassination, but I ended up going to the ER with my husband AGAIN for this hellacious illness we're both suffering from. Anyway, please enjoy! 2002. Home … Continue reading Thank You For Everything, Charles Guiteau
Hi everyone! This post is actually an edited version of one from a previous "author blog" I started last year, when I first got serious about writing and publishing my series. Enjoy! [note: the auditorium that serves as the main background picture/banner/whatever on my blog is the very same theatre whose backstage is depicted throughout] … Continue reading Write What You Know? Yes and No
Hi everyone, I'm due for a "real" entry this week, and one's coming, but I just had to announce that as of today, I am beginning the first round of editing on Book One of Front and Center. I AM SO EXCITED. 😀 The place I originally envisioned stopping Book One wasn't going to work-- … Continue reading First Round of Editing, YAY
Okay, so I'd been making good progress on my MS for months, chugging along, writing multiple pages nearly every day. And then, lately, words stopped flowing quite as easily. I'd go to outline upcoming scenes and just end up sitting there staring at the screen. The problem was not the overall story; I've been creating … Continue reading Stuck? Talk to Your Characters