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
*Reprinted blog post from http://www.brindaberry.com , 12/26/2011 In my current manuscript, I have a scene where the hero and heroine are walking from the Mission District to Chinatown in San Francisco. I was a tourist there quite a few years back, and I feel comfortable writing a scene where my characters are also seeing it from tourists’… Continue reading Google Maps for the Writer
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
When I tell people I’m a writer, they always ask, Where to you get all your ideas? It’s like they think my mind is some magical place where ideas grow like mushrooms in a dark room. In a way they do. I’m sure it’s dark inside my head, but what I see in the world… Continue reading Where do stories come from?
I once had a boyfriend that none of my friends or family liked. He wasn’t a bad guy; he just wasn’t the best guy for me. So what did I do? I married him. Truthfully, that first husband and ALL of my boyfriends before or since met that description. Until my current lovely husband .… Continue reading First Drafts
I’m a new convert to using Pinterest. Honestly, I was afraid if I started using another highly-addictive social media site, I would have less time for writing. But after I joined, I quickly discovered how beneficial pinning can be for a writer. Here’s what I’ve found the most useful: 1. In the past, I’ve shared… Continue reading Promoting with Pinterest
I recently participated in a RWA workshop for writing with emotional intensity. It was a fantastic workshop and I highly recommend the instructor, Patricia Kay, if you ever get a chance to attend one in the future. While I won’t try to explain what Ms. Kay can convey so much better, I will share two… Continue reading Caring about the Characters