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”

Adjust Sprint Time to Suit You

When I was a young and inexperienced writer, in January, and before the world went daft, I would always try to sprint for an hour. I’ve talked about sprinting enough that I hope I don’t have to explain it again. But I will. In case you are a new fan, and by the way, thank you to everyone who has decided to follow my blog. So nice to know I am not talking to myself all the time. Continue reading “Adjust Sprint Time to Suit You”

Body Language or How to Give Your Story Subtext

What is Subtext? It says here that it’s an implied, underlying message not stated in the text but clearly there. Remember the first Men in Black movie, when Agent J went to the morgue, and he thought Laurel was going on to him? She tried to give him a subtle message that something was wrong, but his ego got in the way. We learned that Laurel is pretty smart and J has some growing up to do. Subtext. Continue reading “Body Language or How to Give Your Story Subtext”

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

During the past several years that I have been attending the Weigh to Go weight loss support group, I have learned things that make a lot of sense. The certified nutritionist who leads the group stresses that we don’t need willpower, we need skillpower. If an individual doesn’t have the tools with which to create a new mindset and lifestyle, very little will change. Then I read about wantpower. Oh, that’s my top issue right there. Continue reading “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise”

Hearing and Other Senses

Creating a living character that will be memorable to your readers involves using all five senses to bring him or her to life. What they see is the most often used sense. Hearing and touch next, with smell and taste often forgotten or just not bothered with much. This article talks about each of those and adds a touch about the sixth sense if you believe in hunches, intuition, second sight, and so on. Time passing can also be another sense when it makes a character frantic or nervous.

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Romance Writers of America Family

Hey, what would you say is the one thing you share with your family? Do you play chess with Dad? Go hunting with Grandma? Do you cruise the bars with Mom? Go on shopping sprees with Sissy? Maybe you beat your brother at darts every Saturday. Well, in the local chapter of Romance Writers of America, we have members of the same family who write Romances. We have a few mother-daughter writers, a smattering of sisters, and the occasional husband-wife team who cheer each other on. And, yes, we do like to have men join the club. No initiation rites or anything. Continue reading “Romance Writers of America Family”

Building Character

No matter what you have been told, authors rarely start working on a character from a story with a blank slate. There is always some bit to start with. Maybe gender, because you write F/F or M/M, is predetermined. Maybe you like writing about Vikings or Highlanders. Maybe Billionaires are your sweet spot. And maybe a strong woman in a scary situation is the main part of your story. Continue reading “Building Character”

California Dreamin’ 2017 Conference Part 10

Conflict by Sarah MacLean

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Sarah MacLean is a sweet and talented human being. I know this because she uses the outrageous puns devised by her husband as the titles for her books. And because, at the California Readin’ event, to every reader who told her they loved her writing, she replied, “You’re very kind.” I was the security red shirt volunteer near her table and I had fun with her and listening to her and her fans. #careergoals for sure. Continue reading “California Dreamin’ 2017 Conference Part 10”

Conventional Wisdom Part One

A writer never stops learning, either in reading books on the craft or taking workshops or gathering with other writers. During the last weekend in February I had the wonderful experience of going to a science fiction con, ConDor, and taking workshops that were attended by other writers and led by other writers. I had a really wonderful time. And I am going to share some key points with you. Continue reading “Conventional Wisdom Part One”