Things that Drive Me Crazy in Books

I did something similar to this called "Writerly Rants" but it was so far back in the archives that I am not going to bring it up. No, we do not go down that rabbit hole.  HOWEVER. I do have some things to say. Things that make me go as mad as a March Hare … Continue reading Things that Drive Me Crazy in Books

Do You Have to Read to Be a Writer?

If there is one universal advice for writers, it would be "you have to read to be a writer." Is that TRUE? UMM, OBVIOUSLY YES. It's nonsensical to think that you can be a writer without reading a thing in your life. That's illogical. But the real question is - how much and what to … Continue reading Do You Have to Read to Be a Writer?

What are the Best Places to Write?

Writing is sort of a portable job - all you need is your laptop (or your notebook, or whatever you use). So in theory, you could write anywhere. But not every place is an equally good place to write. What are the options? How do they measure up? (pulls tape out of Mary Poppin's bag). … Continue reading What are the Best Places to Write?

5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Is a scene in your novel tasting flavorless? Does it just turn to ash in your mouth? You might need more seasoning or you might be a cursed pirate (in which case go find some lost Aztec gold). Besides the usual ingredients (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc.), you might find that you need some different … Continue reading 5 Ways to Add Spice to a Scene

Back to School for Writers

It's AUGUST. Do you know what that means? Festivals, fairs, pencils, and backpacks!!  In other words, it's back to school season *cries tears of relief that I'm not in college* All the kiddos and the undergrads are getting ready to study and do sports and whatever else they do (and I'm over here starting a … Continue reading Back to School for Writers

Why Writing Goals Matter

I used to have a strict word count goal for my writing sessions. And that time, I was still in school and had only a few hours devoted to writing a day. Having a word count goal pushed me very well, and I got a lot done because of it.  But there are different seasons … Continue reading Why Writing Goals Matter

If You Want to Catch a Writer…

If you want to catch a writer (heaven's knows why. They'll probably just eat all your books and steal all your paper). There are some things you'll need to know once you lay hands on this mythical creature.  The writer.  You'll need a place to put your writer. Preferably put them somewhere where they can … Continue reading If You Want to Catch a Writer…

All a Writer Need is…

love, love is all you need! *takes off headphones* did you say something? Sorry, I was groov'in. I believe that there is an overall concurrence with the general public that the breed of people known as writers, don't need much.  Ok fine fine fine FINE. Maybe writers are a little demanding. But we only want total … Continue reading All a Writer Need is…

How to Celebrate When You Finish Your First Draft

Summertime is the time to PARTY (and by partying I mean going to the mountains and finding somewhere quiet where you can finish your book). And speaking of parties....(I apologize to all the introverts. I realize talking about parties is illegal.) Finishing your first draft can be very exciting. Whether it's after 30 hysterically frantic … Continue reading How to Celebrate When You Finish Your First Draft

It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer

The problem with being a writer (and there are many) is that even if you are writing full time, it really never is a 9-5. Because even if you quit at 5, sit down on your couch and turn on your favorite show, there is something looking over your shoulder, a dark cloud looming over … Continue reading It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer