“Where do you get your ideas?” Friends and strangers ask me this quite often. The answer is “everywhere.” Music, movies, news, life. I get ideas everywhere I look. My latest release, The Beauty of Lies, began with my fascination for stories about con artists who marry and keep multiple families. Families who don’t know each other. [Quit looking… Continue reading Strange But True~ Brinda Berry
I’m a huge believer that traveling can benefit a writer. There’s so much you can learn from experience that you just can’t get from reading. Yes, I know I’m a writer and a reader who dearly loves to read, but when you go out and actually experience the things your characters do, it shows. Even… Continue reading Sandra’s On the Road Again
My writing ideas usually begin with the characters instead of the situation. When I talk about them, I can see people responding, and my beta-readers act as if they’re real people. But as I’m journeying toward publication, I’m hearing the same constructive criticism — “the romantic conflict isn’t quite strong enough.” Huh? I have an exciting… Continue reading Characters, conflict, and gravy
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!
Spreading yourself too thin Right before my book came out I struggled on how I could get my name out there. I kept searching for ways to get more traffic to my blog and my website. It was so mind boggling that I didn’t know where to start. So I asked the groups I… Continue reading Spreading yourself too thin
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
Being a published author, one thing I’m not short on is people coming up to me and saying, “Oh, I’m writing a book. It’s about how I rose above everything bad that happened and overcame it all.” “Wow, I don’t think I could put my inner struggles out there like that.” “What do you mean?… Continue reading Tortured Heroes ~ I Feel Your Pain