New-Adult

Tuesday’s USA Today had an article in its LIFE section about a new category of novels: NA (New-Adult) (http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/04/15/new-adult-genre-is-the-hottest-category-in-book-publishing/2022707/) These books feature protagonists in the 18-to-early-20s age range. The stories have the emotional intensity of YA (young adult) novels, but include more mature themes—the freedom of living away from home, … Continue reading

Who’s the Boss?

One of the neat things about being a writer is basically you’re the boss. You can set your own hours, decide what you’re going to work on, and plan how you want the project (story) to turn out.     One of the worst things about being a writer is … Continue reading

Further or Farther?

I’ve always thought I knew the difference between further and farther. You could further a discussion or further a career, but you had to go farther if you wanted to get anywhere. That’s what I thought, but I’ve heard and seen the two used almost interchangeably, not only with new … Continue reading

Back up, Back up!

I’m sitting in front of a time bomb. No, not a real bomb, but I can practically hear it ticking away. I’m talking about my computer. It’s not that old, but almost from the day I purchased it, that imaginary bomb has been ticking away. I first realized there might … Continue reading

Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet? We’ve heard that question from our kids and sometimes from our spouse. Whenever I teach a class on writing, I hear a similar question: How do you know when you’re finished? What the writer is asking is how do you know when the story you’ve written … Continue reading

SOS-All you needed to know about writing/editing/publishing a book

The SOS stands for Sleuthfest on Saturday which I attended last Saturday. First of all, it was close by, just a little more than 20 miles away. Second, some of my writer friends were speaking. Two good reasons to go.  I arrived at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, Florida a … Continue reading

Are You Listening?

I go to the pool to use the hot tub for my back and to listen to people talk. I admire writers who give their characters distinctive voices. Word usage, sentence structure, even the tempo of the speech can distinguish one character from another without the addition of dialogue tags … Continue reading

Losing Weight: Ways to trim fat in a ms and on me.

I’m on a diet. I’ve simply gained too much weight for my legs, hips, and back to handle without complaining. Often, especially with a rough draft, the same could be said: “It’s carrying too much weight (“fat”).” With both my writing and me the remedy is to trim the fat. For … Continue reading

Reading

This month I’m reading two very different books for the book clubs I belong to. One is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the other is How We Made Our First Million on Kindle.  Actually, I haven’t started Hotel. That group meets at a later date than the … Continue reading