Setting as character: how to make the place your story is set in come alive.
Last week a Facebook friend posted a quote about procrastination. She said: The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life. This leads me to believe that I should be either an eater of chocolate, a librarian, or a full-time reader of books. […]
If you are in the U.S., I wish you an Independence Day full of laughter and good noms. And if you do not celebrate the 4th, hoping you have a happy and restful weekend. It is the mid-70s here on the island. Perfect weather. And now (if I had drum, this is where I would […]
“The night before the worst day of my life, I dreamed the sun went dark and ice cracked every mirror in the house, but I didn’t take it as a warning.” And with that, the first sentence of Therese Walsh’s new book, The Moon Sisters, we know we are in for a ride. Set in a […]
As a blogging coach, I got many questions about how to write catchy headlines. So many that I decided to put all the knowledge I’ve accumulated over 20+ years of copywriting and editing into one place, my new ebook. I am excited to announce that How to Write Sticky Headlines: Secrets of the Copywriters is […]
Sometimes a project comes along that catches my eye. Several months ago, Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett over at Women’s Memoirs put a call out for stories for their Seasons of Our Lives writing competition. I was in the middle of the first draft of my memoir and the timing was perfect. Matilda and Kendra […]
Today I’m sharing with you nine of the books that have impacted me as a writer and helped me improve my voice, my characters and my narrative arc. Seven of these books are memoirs. Of the other two, Bastard Out of Carolina is fiction, with strong autobiographical elements, and the semi-autobiographical Oranges Are Not the Only […]
There is only so much time. We write and revise and revise some more. Sometimes we churn out 3,000, 4,000 words or more in one day. The ‘author platform’ advice haunts us. Some veteran authors and bloggers even advise us to back away from Twitter and Facebook and stop wasting all that time. But is […]