Deep Point of View and How to Write It

The score sheets from the contest I entered have been amazingly helpful as I edit my story. I am willing to try all their suggestions if it will make the story better. One of them suggested that I learn Deep Point of View and write that way. I’m slowly evolving in that direction on my own and run into certain problems with my critiquers. Continue reading “Deep Point of View and How to Write It”

Killing Off Your Darlings

This advice comes from a very famous writer. Actually, it has been attributed to almost a dozen V.F.A.s but in actuality the first usage was from Arthur Quiller – Couch in a compilation of his Cambridge Lectures. What it boils down to is if you are too pleased by a turn of phrase in your writing, you are better off without it. Honestly. Continue reading “Killing Off Your Darlings”

Introducing Kit Fortier

Over the years as a writer, I have read many first drafts, Advance Reader Copies, and recently published books by new authors. I love it, especially if I can do any to help the writer. Writing is a difficult job and marketing after you publish the novel is mind-bending. So giving a shout out to a writer with a few novels is always helpful. Continue reading “Introducing Kit Fortier”

September Word of the Month

Words, words, words! Put them in order and you can work miracles. Leave them laying about and you can cause lots of problems. It’s all a matter of organization. Planning and preparing. Perspective and knowledge. Finding the right nouns, verbs, and a sprinkling of adjectives because, dude, those are weak words. You want a strong sentence, especially at the beginning of your story. Make exactly the right choice. Choice! There’s a word with a few meanings! Continue reading “September Word of the Month”

Live Critique Group

More than twenty years ago, I first joined RWA-SD as a wanna-be writer of Romance. I was working on my first Regency romance (don’t ask, it sucked) and didn’t know anyone. Roughly 6 months later, I had made friends with 3 other new writers who lived in my area, or close enough and had volunteered to man the sales table of used books. The 3 writers and I started a critique group and may or may not have helped each other. I’ve lost contact with all but one of them and she is doing wonderfully, even if she’s not writing any longer. Continue reading “Live Critique Group”

Part Two of My Notes from a Recap of RWA National 2018

When we left our erstwhile author, she was taking notes by hand on the Recap of the 2018 National RWA Conference. Now she is attempting to transcribe those notes and do laundry and make a shopping list while hoping the dog can wait to be walked another hour. Let’s look in at her progress. Continue reading “Part Two of My Notes from a Recap of RWA National 2018”

Miracle Morning for Writers: A Review

I often have a miracle morning on the weekends, but I don’t think that’s exactly what this particular help book is about. The Miracle Morning for Writers (place long subtitle here) by Hal Elrod and Steve Scott looks at a process of planning your day ahead of time, especially your morning, to optimize the use of your time. It’s a pretty cool idea. Continue reading “Miracle Morning for Writers: A Review”

Porn Rock Star

The joy of writing about sex occurred to me many years ago when I started writing fan fiction. I didn’t get into Slash Fiction, but I wrote some pretty steamy scenes with my characters and the characters from the various TV shows. Believe it or not, I started with a show about World War II and I was so innocent that just showing the characters in bed seemed overtly sexual. Note to younger self: You ain’t written nothing yet! Continue reading “Porn Rock Star”