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

Writing and Exercise

This morning on CBS I watched a segment highlighting how a school in California has incorporated yoga into its daily curriculum. The result, the school administrator said, was fewer dropouts and higher test scores. The students claimed doing yoga helped them concentrate, think things through, and feel more relaxed. I’ve … Continue reading

Coming Down from a Conference

For two and a half days I was an author. I mingled with other authors, committee chairs and staff, fans of mystery/suspense novels and short stories, and a few spouses. I smiled, made small talk, sat on a panel, and tried to sound like I knew what I was talking … Continue reading

Why Go To A Conference?

Thursday I’ll be heading for Muncie, Indiana, for the Magna cum Murder conference. Magna cum Murder XVII October 28-30, 2011 This conference is for fans as well as writers so there’s less emphasis on the  writing process (How to) and more on the creating process (Why? Where do you get your … Continue reading

Mysteries and Romances

Saturday morning I’ll be in Grand Rapids giving a talk on writing the mystery. (If you’re at the Grand Rapids Region Writers Conference: I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Book do say hello.) Later that morning, award winning author Lisa Childs will be speaking on writing the romance. Two separate … Continue reading