The Critique Chorus

When I was a kid and I had to decide between doing the right thing and something I wanted to do, I would hear my mother’s voice or my priest’s sermons. This didn’t always change my actions but their words did make it clear to me that there would be consequences. Oh boy, would there be consequences. Continue reading “The Critique Chorus”

Ergo Wrap-up

Oh, doesn’t that sound like a warm, lavender-scented blanket that you crawl into after typing all day? Relaxes all your aches and pains and stiff joints. For a limited time, you can get the Ergo Wrap-up in any color or pattern you wish, because they totally don’t exist and you have to make them up in your head. But you’re a writer so it’s easy. Well, back to our topic. Continue reading “Ergo Wrap-up”

Ergonomics Part 1.5

Hold the phone! If that hurts, get a headset. But what I really mean is, look at this chair! The Backstrong C1 by All33, a design company that you can learn all about at the link above. Now I expected this thing to go for a couple thousand, but $800 and $700 depending on the materials you choose is the price. Dude! Continue reading “Ergonomics Part 1.5”

Writers Need Ergonomics

Note: The tumult with Romance Writers of America has bumbled on with no real resolution. A whole page and a half of publishers have stated that they cannot risk publishing authors who are connected to RWA at this time. My own chapter has sent a letter to the Board outlining what they need to see before they can continue to be part of the organization. Everyone seems to agree that the President of the board needs to step down or be removed. I’m not sending in my dues until I see this happen. I didn’t want to spend the whole blog talking about it, but some people don’t get the updates. Now you know. Continue reading “Writers Need Ergonomics”

Writers and Stress

Happy last Sunday in November! This coming week, you’ll either be somewhere alone wishing you had family and friends around to share Thanksgiving with or in the midst of those family members and friends wishing you had more time to yourself. You’re a writer, this is National Novel Writing Month, and you’ve reached the 30k words mark. Only 20k more to go with 6 days to finish, which means you’ll need 3,334 words each day. No problem! Continue reading “Writers and Stress”

Who am I, Really?

National Novel Writing Month is moving apace, and you are getting repeats! Enjoy! — DLH

Writers dislike several things. Most of us struggle to write a synopsis. We don’t particularly like query letters. We have to push to get a character sketch done properly. And we wish someone else would take our first drafts and make them perfect. Continue reading “Who am I, Really?”

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”