Did you ever wonder why small children (and most cats) would rather play with the box a gift came in that the present itself? Well, I think they are on to something. A toddler can think of a zillion ways to play with that box, to use their imagination to make it anything they want […]
Susan Minot has written a powerful story about living and dying. Read ‘Evening’ for a look at a dying woman’s reminiscing about the great passion of her life.
If you are like me, you spend a significant chunk of time reading other writers’ blogs—for insights into and advice about writing in your genre. I have compressed a short list here of some of my favorite blogs (in no particular order), in case you are looking to add new ones to your list in […]
If you know me, you know I adore stories with a strong sense of setting. Novels in which the place almost takes on its own character. Where the protagonist has been shaped by where they live and can have a personality that mirrors the town she or he grew up in. The Home Place is […]
It’s the official relaunch of the Judy Lee Dunn author blog! Watch for helpful writing advice, book reviews and Judy’s updates as she gets closer to the publication of her novel.
A few Novembers back, some people I know took the 30-day Gratitude Challenge, that is they named one thing they were thankful for every day through the thirty days of the month. It’s a cool idea. The thing about these kinds of events is that it makes you dig below the surface and recognize things you weren’t even […]
Setting as character: how to make the place your story is set in come alive.
Consider all the writing advice and know the rules, but don’t be afraid to break them—if it makes sense.