An Autumn Pause

  Yoohoo! Is everyone still there? I’m coming up for air for just a moment to say “Hello” to my lovely WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter Community. I hope everyone is enjoying October! For the last few weeks, my mind plunged into writing my current WIP and has remained immersed. Little by little, I’m making steady…

Can One Write Anywhere at Any Time?

Recently, a friend, who is not a writer, stated, “As long as you have a laptop, you can write anywhere.”  I raised my eyebrows, ready to retort, ARE YOU SERIOUS, but closed my agape mouth, assuming this is a common sentiment. Of course, one can write anywhere. We see people write in cafes, coffee shops,…

8 Mundane Elements You Should Cut From Your Story — Jane Friedman

Today’s guest post is excerpted from How to Write a Page Turner (Writer’s Digest Books) by Jordan Rosenfeld (@JordanRosenfeld). If we wrote novels that were hyper-accurate to the “real lives” of our characters—even those that populate fantasy and science fiction novels—they would be thousands of pages long and span a series too big to fit… via…

Where Past and Present Meets

What have I been up to? Well, I’ve been working on another novel. My work in progress is a Paranormal Historical Fiction set in my favorite part of the country, Geneva New York. I’d spent my college years in this region which brims with history and natural beauty. Geneva sits at the northern tip of…

Never Elaborate But Sometimes Vague: Logline and Tagline

  In the midst of preparing my third novel’s synopsis, logline, and tagline, I researched other author’s book covers and came across numerous taglines that inspired a satisfactory completion of my own. With all the subplots, twists, and characters it took many drafts before I successfully summarized an 80,000-word novel into one sentence, and it…

Authentic Book Reviews

At times, I’m hesitant to write a bad review, wondering if my judgment is flawed, especially if it’s not my preferred genre. Surely someone else has a better opinion. But being genuine is better than false praise. As a writer, I’ve learned one of the greatest efforts an author can make is supporting fellow writers….

Downtime

Last year was, above all else, an uncompromising creative effort to finish what I started. My mind, messy with factual and fictional images, either utilized or trashed, kept me in constant wonder. Immersed in the fabric of my plot, characters, dialogue, and information, I felt isolated—not my typical self, abandoning friends and family for fictional…