Archive for the 'Writing' Category

How Authors Handle the Dreaded Interruption

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

While some authors find it difficult to discipline themselves when it comes to butt-in-chair, fingers-on-keyboard, others have the opposite problem. They (I should say, “we”) can’t easily leave a story in progress. We think, “I don’t want to interrupt the flow of the story. What if I can’t get back into the mood—recapture the emotion, […]

Fresh Writing—Beyond the Thesaurus

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

I’ve been writing for publication for over 40 years and I’m aware of the importance of fresh writing. That is, using a variety of words and phrases in your descriptions, explanations, etc. But this has never been as challenging an issue for me until I started writing fiction. Do you spend a lot of time […]

Where’s Your Writers’ Pain?

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Where is Your Writers Pain? If you’ve spent as much time writing over the years as I have, you are probably experiencing at least occasional pain of the repetitious sort. This is especially true if you sit at the computer for as many hours per day as I do. So where is your pain? In […]

Writing Fiction/Story and Character Development

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Yesterday I promised I’d talk about how I come up with the plots and characters for my Klepto Cat Mysteries. I was asked just recently if I plan the story and the ending before I start writing it. For the most part, I have a place setting and possibly the outline of a theme in […]

How a Story Takes Shape

Monday, October 19th, 2015

I’ve been penning fiction now for just two and a half years and I’m learning a lot about the process. I marvel at how a whisper of an idea can develop into a cogent story with the proverbial beginning, middle, and end. I have to chuckle during the early stages of my stories as I […]

What Makes You Write?

Friday, September 25th, 2015

There are basically two types of writers. There are those who can’t get enough of it—who are so motivated to write that they miss appointments, avoid household chores, and forget to feed their cats because they’d rather be writing. Others struggle to finish a manuscript. Butt in chair is a difficult concept for them to […]

There’s a Time to Hoard and a Time to Purge

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

I’m purging. It’s time to do an upgrade in my office—new paint, new flooring, new look. Ever try to move an office? It’s not an easy task. You probably accumulate more stuff in a home office than in any other room in the house. We stripped the kitchen and service porch a few years ago, […]

Is Writing a Chore or a Passion?

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Over the years, hopeful authors have come to me complaining, “I want to write, but I just can’t find the time.” They ask, “How do you find the time to write?” I tell them that it boils down to priorities. You have to want it badly enough to make it a priority. If the wannabe […]

How Long Should a Book Series Continue?

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Book 13 of the Klepto Cat Mystery series is in the works. Book 12 is being formatted for your Kindle as we speak. The Purrfect Lie (12) should be available some time early next month. At what point should a series end? Is there a typical or a logical stopping place for a series? It […]

Living the Lives of Others

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Before I started writing fiction, I had one life—mine. Now, I find myself living the lives of some of my characters, as well. I get into their heads and I imagine what their attitudes/stance/gestures would be in certain situations. I guess it’s a good thing I’m a Gemini who is accustomed to being a sort […]