My sincere wish is that each of you enjoyed Thanksgiving but didn’t overdo or treat yourself too rigidly. It’s only one meal. The rest of the holiday season is going to be much the same. And not only do you need to budget your money, you need to budget your time. You are only one person. Be careful and thrifty. Know when to say no. Continue reading “Healthy Holidays”
Happy Thanksgiving, USA persons who celebrate this day! I have so much to be thankful for that it would take a year of posts to cover it all. I wonder what our characters would be thankful for? Even those who exist in other times, planets, or countries, there could still be thankfulness in their hearts. Continue reading “Thankful”
What can cause a writer to not use every minute available to write? I have reworked my second Regency Banquet book to the point where it’s fascinating again and moving along well. Just a few days of writing and rewriting, and I might have a complete and interesting story. I just can’t seem to sit down and type. Continue reading “Fear of Writing”
E. M. Youman is one of the authors involved with The Bowman’s Inn books. This outlook on writing is outstanding.
By E.M. Youman
I have written 210,000 words this year. I may clock out at more by the end of December, but for the sake of this article let’s cap it at 210k. That’s not a lot of words on the face of it. Last year I only wrote 40,000 words. Partly because I was stuck in revision hell, and because I hadn’t committed to writing every day. I learned a lot about myself by writing every day. That’s the focus of this article.
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Writing historical novels, romances or otherwise, it’s important to have a bit of research done so you don’t look like a total noob. In Romance, there’s a fine line between total accuracy and boring technicality. We can bend the facts a wee bit, but always explain in a note to your readers what you have done. Continue reading “A World Without Ice Makers”
When I am not slaving over a keyboard to write novels, anthologies, blogs, and so on, I take care of my parrots and finches and canaries. My Double Yellow Headed Amazon, Maynard, is the bird I do the most interaction with. He’s also the noisiest, funniest, and most affectionate when he wants to be bird in the flock. Continue reading “Parrot Tale”
Have I mentioned lately that Lisa Cron is a wonderful gift to writers? I have a ton of notes I took from her talk at RWA-San Diego a couple months ago, and I could expand a blog post on almost every paragraph. But the one I am looking at today is her reminder that our characters do not step out “on stage” without memory, experiences, or misbeliefs. Somewhere in there is our plot, our story, and our conflict. Continue reading “En Media Res, or Your MC’s History”