NaNo is the abbreviation many writers use for NaNoWriMo, which in itself is an abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. November is the month the organizers picked to set a goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. The first few times I tried this, I failed miserably. Then, in 2016, I did it! I cranked out 50k terrible words on a single story. I subsequently edited, had beta readers review, and pitched the story. I submitted it and got an email saying what they would like to see improved and reminding me I could resubmit it in October. Continue reading “Do You NaNo?”
This subject comes up frequently for authors, I would expect. Recently I went to Goodreads without realizing I was there as Roxanna Haley, not D.L. Hungerford. Later I got an email telling me I was now friends with Roxanna. Really? Because that chick owes me money! Continue reading “Split Personality”
The internet, especially social media sites like Facebook, open up a world where arguments run rampant and you might find yourself trying to defend a person or an idea for hours or days at a time. Why? Because the other person started it. And you are going to finish it.
Once upon a time, a set of laws were handed down to people which included Honor your Father and your Mother. For many years after that, centuries, even, respect for parents became the norm. Reflected in literature and letters, multitudes feared the consequences of going against parental authority. These days, not so much. Continue reading “Listen to Your Parents”
After the amazing Maggie Marr spoke to my RWA chapter in September, our afternoon speaker was Debbie Decker. She’s the author of the Key to Her Heart series and a Speech Pathologist. She also works at a food pantry and a regular judge at the California Dreamin’ Hooker Contest. No, authors are not judged on how many tricks they can turn in a weekend. Continue reading “Romance Writers Want to be Hookers”
Romance is full of forevers. Just a quick check of the titles on Pinterest shows at least a dozen with that word used somewhere. Songs and poems abound with forever love. But what does it mean, really? Continue reading “Word of the Month — Forever”
Continuing the amazing information shared by Maggie Marr at my local RWA Chapter September meeting.
If your book was actually purchased and scheduled for production, what’s one of the first questions you might ask? “Can I write the script? Co-write? Approve it?” That depends. Do you have experience writing screenplays? Have you sold one you wrote? How badly do you want to write this script? Is this a deal-breaker for you? Let’s face it, even if the movie is terrible, it will still get your name and the title of your book out there. Give it some thought. Continue reading “Hollywood Calling! Part 2”