Resolutions

Happy 2012, Everyone! Did you make a resolution this year?  Some years I do, but most I don’t. This year and last I made goals instead. For the most part, I met my goals for last year. *I came up with something of a five-year plan.  Where do I see myself as an author in…

NaNo

NaNo and NaNoWriMO are two acronyms most writers know and know well. The letters stand for National Novel Writing Month… or as a lot of writers affectionately call it “I have to be crazy month!” The goal of NaNo is to write a novel during the busy month of November. I’ve been crazy—I mean insightful—enough to…

Rejection

If you’re a writer, you probably cringe at the mere mention of the word rejection. If there is one word we all hate, that’s it. Today, I’m going to talk about how I cope with those dreaded emails and letters. You know the ones: “Sorry, but your story doesn’t fit our needs.” For me, these words…

A Forgotten Resource

Most of us who write series discover the same dilemma after a while. We can’t remember when So-and-So had a baby or when this or that happened in our fictional world. So, unless  you keep a physical notebook with this info, or documents/spreadsheets on your computer, we are bound to make mistakes in our stories…

What’s in a Name

This is Penny. We didn’t change her name when we adopted her because it fit her perfectly.  When you find that name that fits your characters… You just know you have a winning name. Someone recently asked me how I come up with the names for my characters. This got me to thinking about exactly…

Show vs. Tell

Tell Me a Story…  What the requester really wants is to be shown a story. No one likes to be told anything. People, particularly readers, don’t like being preached to, and they don’t like being told what to think…So, we, as writers, have to SHOW them what we want them to think. The amazing thing…

Pantser Plotting–Huh?

(Cross-posted from my entry in Tabby’s Nocturnal Nights) We all know what GMC stands for. We all use Debra Dixon’s formula in one way shape or form to craft a story. Some writers use elaborate methods to plot a story, to the point of practically writing it before they write the first draft. But today…

Giving Birth

(Cross-posted from my entry in Tabby’s Nocturnal Nights) Finishing a book is like giving birth. I’ve done it several times now, not counting the two times I’ve physically produced living children. And as with the births of my son and then my daughter, each time I finish a book is no less exciting.  The first…