Critique Groups: Pro/Con

Several years ago another published writer and I presented a debate at a conference we were attending. She took the positive position regarding critique groups, I took the negative. At that time I saw a lot of negatives to critique groups; since then, I’ve changed my mind. Oh, many of … Continue reading

When the Thrill is Gone

Today I had lunch with a writer friend. He’s written short stories, novels, a memoir, and plays, but he was feeling down today. He said for the last few months he simply hasn’t had the desire to write. There hasn’t been anything he’s wanted to write about, and that bothers … Continue reading

Why Worry

While at the Retreat from Harsh Reality (http://www.retreatfromharshreality.com/) last weekend I had breakfast with a new author who mentioned that she is really stressed due to mishaps and delays regarding her book, which is due out this summer. I tried to give encouragement, but I’m not really sure it made … Continue reading

On The Road Again

Two more days and we’re heading north. I’m going to miss the sunshine and constant warmth, but it will be great to be close to family and friends. And don’t feel sorry for me, I’m leaving one beautiful location to go to another beautiful location, and soon it will be … Continue reading

The Waiting Game

Being a writer is a hurry-up-and-wait business. Either you set deadlines for yourself, or, because you’re under contract, you have deadlines set for you. So you push yourself so you make those deadlines, and then you send the story off . . . and you wait. You wait for the … Continue reading

How Do You Plot?

Next week I’ll be on a panel at Sleuthfest where we’ll all be talking about our methods of plotting a mystery. That’s had me thinking. How do I plot a story, be it a mystery or a romance?  When I first started writing (eons ago) I really had no idea … Continue reading

READ THE GUIDELINES!

 I’m always getting after my husband, who buys something and then tries to make it work without reading the instructions. And I’m always telling new writers to go to the agent’s or publisher’s web site and read the guidelines before formatting or submitting any work.  Well, now I’m the one … Continue reading

Killing: Resolutions and husbands

 I’ve certainly killed my resolution to blog once a week. What I thought would be a two—maybe three—week hiatus while my husband and I traveled down to Florida and then took a cruise has turned into a much longer time period. In part the reason is I’m not sure what … Continue reading