The weather is so hot in my part of the world that I have to read indoors. Otherwise, the books catch fire! Ha! I crack me up. But seriously, I have had the doors closed and the fans on and maybe one light to keep things cool. The mornings are pretty good for getting yard work done but as soon as my shoulders start to blister, I head inside and write and read. Let’s get on to the cool stuff. Continue reading “August Tweet What You Read”
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!”
Hello, sir or madam, do you have a moment to talk about Braiding Your Story Elements? If so, you need to watch this space for Laurie Schnebly Campbell’s coming workshops. She was the speaker for my local RWA chapter in June and she said she is teaching Braiding in the fall. The same class she presented to us.
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 weather is crazy. The flu season is now year round. My stress levels are not going down and I want to sleep all the time. That would be fine if I would read in my sleep. If I sit in my favorite chair with a book, I am lucky to get 2 pages read before I’m off into some strange dreamland version of the plot. Actually, I kind of like that. Continue reading “June Tweet What You Read”
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”
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.