It’s very difficult (ow!) to type out a (ow!) manuscript if you (ow!) have (ow!) tendonitis. Okay, that might have been an exaggeration, but some days I do experience a nagging pain in my wrist and hand while typing.
This usually happens when I have failed to do my wrist exercises as prescribed by the physical therapist I saw when the pain became really bad. Also the tendons in the wrist tend to be very poor at healing, and get worse with age. http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sportsmedicine/a/tendonitis.htm Continue reading “Typing Woes”
According to the on-line dictionary that came up randomly, trashy means of poor quality, especially items of popular culture. Novels and Movies. Sometimes, the phrase a trashy novel refers the sexual content, not the quality of the writing. I actually knew someone who (yeah, this was 40 years ago) would buy up all the romance novels at the local thrift stores, and read them. If she found any sex beyond kissing and holding hands, she threw the book in the trash. Continue reading “Trashy Novels”
Somewhere in the wide reading world, you know there is an audience looking for the books you write. There are book-a-day readers who want a hot romance with a fireman, or a sweet romance about a woman farmer, or a sci-fi romance about planets exploding, or male/male romances set on a pirate ship. Now that I mention it, that last one sounds pretty good! Continue reading “Seek and Entertain”
When crafting a story, a writer thinks of all the elements needed for the story to have what it needs. A beginning, an middle, and an ending. A protagonist and an antagonist. And a villain.
Continue reading “Bad Gals, Bad Guys”
We have clarified that you know you are a writer if you have a preponderance of certain traits I listed a few weeks ago. Some readers mentioned that the last paragraph, about families who let them have time to write, was really lacking in their lives. So here are some tips I learned from fellow writers who are blessed with a needy spouse and dependent children. Continue reading “Time Enough to Write”
Do you remember the first time you picked up a writing instrument? Chances are you had a marker or crayon and headed to the nearest wall. Good times. Then you went to school and had to use a pencil on soft brown paper with lines on it. You learned how big to make a lower case A. You zipped all the way through to Z. Printing seemed like the best thing since the decoder ring in the cereal box. Continue reading “Learning to Write”
If you are a writer and you don’t know any other writers well enough to say, “Let’s go get coffee and talk about the plot,” you have a serious problem. Sure, people you know will talk out the plot with you. They will listen to you rant about the characters, and they will nod knowingly when you talk about publishing. But they have a very slight chance of knowing what the whole world of a writer is about. Continue reading “Many of My BFFs are Writers”