Get Paid to Write! No, Really!

Chris Marie Green came to speak last month at my local Romance Writers of America chapter. I wrote about her morning talk and the use of music for inspiration. Her afternoon talk delivered some practical advice to stay funded while writing. She called it “A Brave New World; Options for the Freelance Writer.”

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Everyone Makes Mistakes

Focusing this month on Character Development, because the editor who wants to see my manuscript again wants the characters to have more depth. Sunday I shared that life is all about learning. Today, we’ll look at the mistakes people make along the way. More importantly, we will look at how people react to making mistakes. Continue reading “Everyone Makes Mistakes”

Sweet Ideas

Given a choice between a chicken enchilada and a tiny cake ball, I would opt for the cake ball. Really. Knowing that the enchilada will fill me up, give me protein, fiber, and taste good, most likely, I would still go for the small cake that would screw with my blood sugar, give me a stomach burn, and leave me hungry in minutes. I wouldn’t be overweight if I could easily make good food decisions. Continue reading “Sweet Ideas”

Diversity: Reaching a New Reader

As an author, I love to write about people of different cultures and circumstances. The ability to work a Pacific Islander into the story or a past love Caucasian reunited with his African-American college girlfriend opens lots of conflict and wonderful ways to deal with pain. Makeup sex after 10 years is awesome. Continue reading “Diversity: Reaching a New Reader”