Who am I, Really?

National Novel Writing Month is moving apace, and you are getting repeats! Enjoy! — DLH

Writers dislike several things. Most of us struggle to write a synopsis. We don’t particularly like query letters. We have to push to get a character sketch done properly. And we wish someone else would take our first drafts and make them perfect. Continue reading “Who am I, Really?”

KEEP WRITING

November means NaNoWriMo and that means my blogs will probably be repeats until December. Sorry/Not Sorry because I am having fun with NaNo! Hope your writing is going along well, too. — DLH

I can’t steal the slogan, Finish the Damn Book, because that is a Cherry Adair thing. Good news, you can even join in on Facebook! Really cool, huh? Well, as long as you are going to finish the damn book. And keep popping in to update your goals. See, you do need to actually do something here. Continue reading “KEEP WRITING”

November Word of the Month

I grew up in a very white world. I recently realized that Thanksgiving is a white male Christian holiday. I understand why Native Americans choose not to celebrate it, especially with their entire culture reduced to a cartoonish sidekick role. Followed by lots of hate and bitterness and war. So our word for this month is marginalized. Continue reading “November Word of the Month”

Authors As Hooks

On Google or Pinterest or any writer’s site, you will find much information about hooks. Every chapter should end in a hook, every opening sentence has to hook your readers, every word over 6 characters must be followed by, say it with me, a hook! Ask a question in your first sentence and don’t answer it for a few chapters. Imply your Point of View Character is a Martian and then just move on. Write a happy person who doesn’t seem to understand full sentences. These could be hooks if done correctly. Continue reading “Authors As Hooks”

Unmentoring

I’ve benefited greatly from being mentored a few times in my life. Having written a post about that very thing recently, I started thinking about two tangents from that occurrence. One is when you need to stop mentoring someone and get on with your own writing. The other is when the mentoring turns out to be a very negative experience. Let’s look at these one at a time. Continue reading “Unmentoring”

October Tweet What You Read

Leaves are turning red and gold, spooky stories are gaining popularity, and it’s nearly time to dress up as our true selves. October comes packed with fun and games, but also with cooler weather that might keep me inside and reading. In the last 30 days, I had sunny days and outside chores to take care of. So I present four books and no movies and nothing new in my AudioBooks selections. Continue reading “October Tweet What You Read”