Voirey Linger As I write this, I’m staring at a story that is over two-thirds written. I love my characters. I love how they interact and how their relationship is moving along. There is romance, angst, joy, serious tragedy and humor. Sounds great, right? Except it’s not. I wrote out that black moment and this… Continue reading When the Story Falls Apart
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
I’m cheating. Ssshhhhh, don’t tell my mom. Or the teacher. I’m cheating for a good reason! Promise! What can possibly be a good reason to cheat? The desire to spread a powerful message. A few weeks ago, I wrote this post on my personal blog. As a writer, I believe it needs to reach as many other… Continue reading Power of a Writer
. As for the title… Don’t answer that. You better not be! . . In a recent interview I had on BlogTalk Radio, the host said, “I’ve heard writers say that participating in critique groups hampers the individual’s creative process; that not only is a lid put on the writer’s inspiration, they come away a… Continue reading Are You A Gray Blob?
Stephen King once said, “Any word you have to hunt for in the thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” One of my worst habits in writing a first draft is repeating words and phrases. Sorry, Mr. King. I know I’m not alone in saying this, but I’ve done my… Continue reading In Other Words by Sandra Jones
I don’t believe in writer’s block. That said, I’ve been stuck on my current work in progress (WIP) for the past couple of weeks. It’s not flowing the way it should and I really needed to finish it by the end of this month. I think part of my problem is that I’m looking at… Continue reading What do you do when you’re stuck?
As some of you might know, I frequent a board that has a lot of new and young writers. It can be interesting to see some of the same questions I had as a new writer coming up, time and time again. It’s a reminder of what it felt like to be new and hungry,… Continue reading Editing… What Does It Mean?