Writers Need Craft Books

If you have a photographic or audio graphic memory, you might be able to take a class on the craft of good writing and never forget any of the information. You might read all the books available and not miss a single suggestion or worksheet. The rest of us need craft books to remind us of what we read. What we learned. And how to use that knowledge. Continue reading “Writers Need Craft Books”

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”

Right on Schedule!

Hello, friends! I know what you really, really want. You want to be a Rich, Famous Writer! You want to travel all expenses paid to speaking gigs and conferences to talk about writing. Maybe even write a book about writing with a catchy name like On Writing. And you want to be able to buy ridiculous things because you are so rich, you don’t know what to do with all the money! Want to know how to accomplish that? Of course you do! Now, pay attention. Continue reading “Right on Schedule!”

Hydrotherapy

Have you heard that term? How was it being used? I can’t believe how many times I have heard it recently since I began watching dog rescue videos on YouTube. One vet uses it to mean he’s going to wash the rescued animal and especially clean out any open wounds. Wikipedia thinks it means getting into hot water, then into cold water, then back to warm. Also, there’s the use of whirlpools and spas. Well, here’s what Hydrotherapy for Writers is like.

 

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What I think I look like when swimming

 

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe For Writers

Would you believe that as I was watching The Avengers: End Game, I was learning the craft of writing? Okay, maybe not the first time but for sure the second time. There is so much useful information is the whole universe Marvel created that even a casual viewer can pick up gems. So to speak. Continue reading “The Marvel Cinematic Universe For Writers”

Thanksgiving and the Purpose of National Novel Writing Month

Catherine Bybee spoke to my Romance Writers of America local chapter on the 17th of November. She is an amazing storyteller and if you get the chance to hear her, you should take advantage of it. While not the topic of her speech, she did say something that sparked my blog post for today. Continue reading “Thanksgiving and the Purpose of National Novel Writing Month”