The Battle of the Bulge – Writing Short There’s more to writing short than less story. Join the Diamond Sate Romance Authors for a glimpse into the beauty of brevity. Learn tight writing, secondary plots, characterization and backstory. We’ll discuss tips and techniques that help craft better stories of any length with fewer words.… Continue reading Open Workshop – Writing Short
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