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
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
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?
One hard thing about writing is that there is no clear finish. Sure, the story ends, but then I get to go back and start editing. Then come are critiques and beta readers, more editing, more tweaking, more fussing. It’s never perfect. There is always a typo I wonder how I missed, oh, and by… Continue reading Are We There Yet?
February was a particularly grueling month for me as a writer and March is turning out to be equally challenging. But I’m handling it, one project at a time, cross one hurdle before taking on the next. At the beginning of this year I gave myself permission not to make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I… Continue reading ***FOCUS***
Okay, so it’s not the most professional lead in. But yeah, I said it. I peruse several writer forums and on all of them, I see people looking for excuses not to write. They say they are writers, claim their book is the best idea ever. But they don’t write. Their posts are full of… Continue reading Shut up and Write!
As a former art teacher, when I’m writing a novel, I’m often reminded of painting an artwork. You begin with a blank page as you would a canvas. You have an idea where you’re going and some things you’re going to need to include to get to the end product. But first you’ve got to… Continue reading Painting the Landscape