all of this information is important and helps me as a writer understand my story’s time period and politics, how much of it is really necessary for the story itself. Continue reading Research or Going Down the Rabbit Hole
What do you look for in a book cover?
Have you ever bought a book because of its cover? Continue reading What Attracts You?
Does knowing how the stories are made ruin the experience or does it give you more insight? Continue reading Reading as a Writer
How resistant to change are you? Are you adventurous or do you like the status quo? What do you do to combat boredom and shake things up? Continue reading Change
If I start reading and a character is being shot at or chased, I’m interested to see what happens next. BUT…I also enjoy getting to know a character a bit before they’re thrown into the pot of boiling water. The rom coms where we see a little bit of normal life before everything goes haywire, or the cozy mystery that starts with what appears to be just an average day in the life of the sleuth or the accused. Continue reading Starting in Medias Res
Characters we love and hate. As an author one of the first things we’re taught is to write characters readers will love, but as a reader I’ve often enjoyed characters who were less than loveable. Most versions I’ve read and seen in movies and on television of the great Sherlock Holmes is he’s a bit unfeeling, he’s narcissistic and at times even a bully, but … Continue reading Characters…
Romance isn’t just about sex, it’s about falling in love. Continue reading Sex Scenes versus Love Scenes
Some weeks I can’t get out of my own way. I sabotage myself. One of my problems is taking on too much. I often struggle to get my writing done amid my other obligations such as two writing groups, a full-time job, and large family. I want to do it all and I want to do it yesterday. While I’m not a planner by nature, … Continue reading Making Goals
we each absorb information in different ways and regurgitate that information through our own filters Continue reading Confessions of a Nerd