For years, I've been saving home ideas to my computer and this new outlet, Pinterest, has added so much fun to an ordinary project. I've created boards for so many things that catch my attention and I've had the pleasure of meeting other writers and bibilophiles who also share their love for the written word. Sure, it's another online detour, but one that can be very helpful to writers by offering a new way for us to reach out to our audience with character features, ideas, and places. I'm…Continue
Since I'm in the middle of my rewrite, my husband has wondered why I read other folks' novels while I write my own... and yes, he's asked that question out loud(!). Well, after recently reading a passage from Light in August, William Faulkner simply reminded me just why I love to read fiction and I will never, ever, stop...…Continue
After painstakingly struggling with the rewrite of my first draft, completed in October, I finally realized why I couldn't push the story forth.
I had the wrong protagonist. I go into detail here:
Marge Piercy, author of the bestsellers, Gone to Soldiers and Sleeping with Cats, once said: "The real writer is one who really writes. Talent is an invention like phlogiston after the fact of fire. Work is its own cure. You have to like it better than being loved."
Each day, I take note of vital quotes from literary figures and examine how their reflections of writing apply to me. How they make me feel. React. Inspire me to continue honing in on my craft to pursue…Continue