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”

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Right on Schedule Part 2

Okay, I admit it! I get tired of writing something and so I slice it into two posts. Just like lots of other writers out there do with their novels. So we’re back to the steps to become a rich, famous, snobby writer in whatever genre you wish. This is where it gets tricky. Continue reading “Right on Schedule Part 2”

Musical Interlude

Lots of authors these days include playlists with their books so you can get a full experience of what they listened to while writing. I mostly listen to thunderstorms and rain, because that makes me more creative, it seems. I hear Mozart is also good. Finding music that my Regency characters would have sung or played on the piano-forte is a bit of a challenge. And are my contemporary characters more like me, and prefer the music they listened to as teens and young adults? Continue reading “Musical Interlude”

Characters on Vacation

In my weekly health class, the nutritionist asked how many of us had taken a real vacation in the last 5 years. In a group of 12, only two or three hands went up. She went on to tell us about the importance of time in nature, something I believe in very strongly. The last question was, where would you go if you could vacation anywhere in the world? Continue reading “Characters on Vacation”

Care, Feeding, and Training of Your Muse

I Googled the above title and found out I am not the only one who wants more control over my writing instinct and inspiration. I go to my critique group and get the best advice for the story in its current shape. I want to write! I want to use what they told me and manage at least 10k words. But by the time I go home, after stopping at one or two stores along the way, I have to put groceries away and take care of birds and clean the kitchen and get the laundry moved along. When at last I sit down at my desk I have to get up again and find where I put my laptop bag, unpack it and connect it to everything. By then my muse is sitting in a corner playing with dust bunnies. Bad Muse! No biscuit for you. Continue reading “Care, Feeding, and Training of Your Muse”

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”