Balancing Tasks: Writing vs. Blogging

There is only so much time in a day, and frequently, it comes down to this question: Do I write or blog? And it isn't so simple a question. On the one hand, should I further my craft and my novel by devoting what free time I have to its success, or should I spend … Continue reading Balancing Tasks: Writing vs. Blogging

Why You Should Treasure Your Rough Drafts

As I go back over my first novel (for the twentieth time, at least), I'm reminded of one writing "rule" that many authors seem to forget: your rough drafts are worth their weight in gold. They aren't pure gold, of course. There are spelling and grammar errors, plot inconsistencies, and lines of dialogue that no … Continue reading Why You Should Treasure Your Rough Drafts

Where Does Today Find You?

Waking up to a world of delight? Or caught in ditches of sorrows? Do you look to the future with hopeful eyes Or gaze at endless tomorrows? Edging close to where the ground ends, The place where we take to our wings? Or shuffling along, in deepening gloom, As a heavenly chorus sings? Wherever light … Continue reading Where Does Today Find You?

Book Review: The Idea Factory

Book Description (from the author): One idea can create a book. One idea can spark a career. Do you have a hard time coming up with ideas on what to write? Countless writers love to write fiction. Exploring a plot and fleshing out characters is part of what makes the project fun. However, few things … Continue reading Book Review: The Idea Factory

Spotlight Saturday #18: Must You Write Poetry or Prose?

I try to give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories and artwork that I want to use my online space, once a week, to share something you might otherwise miss. To see last week’s … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #18: Must You Write Poetry or Prose?

Music: Inspiration to Write

As part of a team of Beta readers, I was reading through Ryan Lanz's most recent work, in which he discusses where story ideas come from, and it got me thinking about the inspirations for my story ideas. Most of them, like my short story "But Kisses Never Hurt Me," are towers of "What if's," … Continue reading Music: Inspiration to Write

Spotlight Saturday #17: Starting Over

I try to give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories and artwork that I want to use my online space, once a week, to share something you might otherwise miss. To see last week’s … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #17: Starting Over

Spotlight Saturday #16: Taking Wing

I try to give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories and artwork that I want to use my online space, once a week, to share something you might otherwise miss. To see last week’s … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #16: Taking Wing

How Long Does It Take to Become a Writer?

Meghan Von Bergen had a splendid article today about how long it takes to become a good writer.  She writes: "The truth is, becoming a better writer is not something that happens overnight. We expect it to, deluded by a society which offers 10-week fitness plans and pizza on delivery into thinking that the things … Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Become a Writer?

New Adventures in Blogging

During the past few weeks, I've been contacted by other writers and asked to write book reviews on their novels. I've done book reviews for some time now on books I found through Goodreads and the library, books where the author doesn't know I'm reading their work and probably doesn't care. And I find being … Continue reading New Adventures in Blogging