If you’ve been following my posts, you know I’m in the middle of trying to get published for the first time. You also know that I entered the fiction profession by jumping in with both feet and then learning to swim. I have a finished manuscript, and I’m pitching to publishing companies. The responses have… Continue reading Why Hire an Editor?
Something happened this month. Technically, a lot of things happened because I finished everything on my list from last month. But we’re going to focus on just a few results. I not only entered the contest, I offered to judge in a different category. As an avid reader and a former teacher, it seemed like… Continue reading First Downs
I’ll admit it. I woke up this morning and thought, “Wait! It’s Friday — I have a blog post due today.” (There might have been a curse word in there somewhere.) But there’s a reason I forgot; actually there are several. If you’ve followed any of my posts, you know I have a love/hate relationship… Continue reading Progress
I was late for work one day this week because I was discussing sniper rifles with my husband. I made up for it by coming home late after meeting with a friend to brainstorm a plot idea. I’ve also fallen down twice in the past seven days, but that’s a different story. Cynthia has recently… Continue reading Hello, my name is Tina and I’m a . . .
Margaret wrote recently about her love for gadgets and capturing that moment of inspiration. But what if you’re searching for that inspiration? I can generally come up with some fairly good story themes. (Notice that I didn’t say “plot” – I’m still learning about plotting.). For example: what if you got what you always wanted,… Continue reading Inspire me!
I’ll let everyone in on a secret – I absolutely loathe confrontation. I’m the girl curled up in a ball on the sofa when characters are arguing on television. So my first manuscripts centered around nice, average people who always did the right thing. Because that’s the life I like to have – full of… Continue reading Writing What I Know
Thirty days ago I was in a hotel in Washington DC for a conference. Before it started in earnest, I did the one thing that scared me the most – I submitted my manuscripts. After that, the waiting began. In that time I read a lot, went to the literary festival, hung out with my… Continue reading Lessons