I wrote the first chapter of my first novel six years ago this month. I’m happy to report that I’ve learned a number of lessons in those years. To celebrate, I thought I’d list six of those lessons. 1) Adverbs: The publishing world hates them, which makes me sad. I love them. 2) Prologues: Oops.… Continue reading Six lessons learned
I’ve been suffering a pretty strong vacation urge for the last couple of years. When one moves 500+ miles from family and friends and marries into a ready-made family, vacation time is usually eaten up with trips back home or activities to entertain the kids. My husband and I haven’t taken a trip that wasn’t… Continue reading Mags’s Magnificent Adventure!
How often do you check on your muse? I’m trying to make a point of touching base with mine more often. I mean, I do all the things good little writers are supposed to do. I have a business plan. I track things—words per day, contract/rights information, royalties earned, etc. I back up my work… Continue reading Mags on mollycoddling your muse
I started my first novel as a gift for a friend. I’d had a close-knit group of girlfriends who were all into reading and writing, but one in particular had fallen in love with romance fiction and was bound and determined to get me to write. I penned the prologue for what would become Contentment… Continue reading Margaret’s muse
Started a new day job this week. I won’t get into the boring details, but I didn’t like the direction my career was taking with my old company, so after twelve years, I had to make the leap. I was explaining to a few of my non-writer friends that I don’t think I would have… Continue reading Watch out! Margaret is mixing it up again!
Writing can be a lonely job. We spend a lot of times in our heads, listening to people who don’t really exist, and hurdling obstacles in single-minded pursuit of that happily ever after. Then, when the writing is done, we not only have to send our baby out into the world, but shout from… Continue reading Thinking inside the box when it comes to promo
When I was younger, I was a big roller coaster fan. My brother and I used to spend a day at Six Flags doing nothing but running from one coaster to the next. When my kids hit the daredevil stage, I was right there in line with them, willing and able to ride the tallest,… Continue reading Thrilled, but vaguely nauseous. Thanks for asking….