Practice Useful Writing Questions

This is Part 2 of Talking Back to Your Brain by Susan Squires.

Just Susan

Last Sunday, I shared most of what I picked up from bestselling author Susan Squires. I queried Susan to find out if she was presenting the workshop anytime soon. The answer was no, not for the foreseeable future. That’s pretty scary when you think about the fact some of her characters can predict coming events. Continue reading “Practice Useful Writing Questions”

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”

Bob Mayer Covers Character and Point Of View, Part One

I didn’t think I would ever run out of things from the CalDreaming Conference to write about. I probably still have notes to transcribe from the RWA National Convention last year. But here I am looking at my notes and I think it’s time to share Mr. Mayer with you. Continue reading “Bob Mayer Covers Character and Point Of View, Part One”

Self Editing Made Fun and Easy*

*You’re mileage may vary.

I am bragging again. My chapter of Romance Writers of America is The BOMB! We get the best speakers, the best programs, we help with the best covfefes, and we have a HIGH percentage of published writers, like 77%.** Just last month, May of 2017, we were presented with a workshop by Carina Press’s Editorial Director Angela James! She has an amazing workshop on self-editing called Before You Hit Send. . . . This blog goes up on June 4th so you will have to act NOW to register for her class that starts June 5th and goes through the 30th of June. Hurry, do it! The class notes are already up. Oh, here’s the link.

https://nicemommy-evileditor.com/

** I totally made that number up. Continue reading “Self Editing Made Fun and Easy*”

Death Scenes

Trigger Warning: This blog deals with some difficult issues such as murder and crimes scenes.

Through most of my writing adventures, I have thrown little stones and paper wads at my characters. I have wounded, smacked around, and almost killed them. I have sent rumors of their deaths to relatives. But as far as I can recall, which is never a sure thing, I have never killed anyone. Continue reading “Death Scenes”