• On Writing

    Plot vs. Characterization

    It’s an age-old war. Is it crucial to get the plot points right? To get the action from Point A to B to C in a way that is exciting and dynamic and interesting? Or is it more crucial for the reader to care about the characters? Does a book get too plodding and slow if you spend time meandering with the characters in it? I’m a person who loves a good plot. Primarily, my favorite type of fiction is the very intricate mystery/crime fiction that has so many twists and turns that you can’t see the ending coming. Trying to put the pieces together is so fascinating to me.…

  • A Serial Story

    A Serial Story, Part 4

    Michael Koch leaned back in his chair and wearily rubbed the bridge of his nose. God, he thought that meeting would never end. He’d long stopped asking himself when had meeting with the board stopped challenging and energizing him and became merely something to endure. Because at this point, it felt like forever. As heir to his family’s fortune, he had spent many years proving that it was talent, not entitlement, that had landed him on the Forbes Top 400 list. But somewhere along the line, he had stopped caring. Truth of the matter was, he was bored. Meeting Maggie had been like a breath of fresh air. His marriage…

  • On Life,  On Writing

    It’s all about me.

    I started off this post a while back, and my life has kind of exploded. I am on my summer hours (no Friday work!) and so I can stay up later tonight (no 10 pm bedtime! Hurrah!). So I thought I’d take time to rework this post to be more than something I just slapdashed together So, it’s a little before 10:30. I had looked at my writing places, trying to figure out something I was in the mood to write. And finally, I just decided that the muses weren’t cooperating and that I was just going to sign off of all the distractable Internet places and go to bed.…

  • Writing Prompts

    Now Novel’s 50 Creative Writing Prompts to Enrich Your Craft

    What’s great about Now Novel’s prompts is that they’re not just random prompts to jump start your creativity. They are actually crafted to help you improve certain areas of your writing and actually explain how they help. They’re pretty darn awesome! Do you need help mastering POV or tense? Creating compelling dialogue? Or vivid settings or interesting characters? How about creating strong openings? Crafting more effective sentences and phrases? What about eventful plots and satisfying endings? Who couldn’t use help in these areas? Look no further than www.nownovel.com/blog/50-creative-writing-prompts/

  • On Life

    Don’t Fork With Me

    I’ve had a post rattling around my head for weeks, but running around the state, cleaning out 47 years of accumulation, having freakin’ Sophie’s choice with every family heirloom, trying to do my job and somebody’s else’s, running around the state partaking in end-of-year activities for seven of my twelve nieces and nephews, and trying to be a good and present wife (among a gazillion other things not even worth mentioning)…well, being a “good blogger” dropped way down on the list. But the post wouldn’t die, and just kept bouncing around in that scary place called “my brain.” In rare moments of solitude (like during the quick 5-minute showers I…

  • A Serial Story

    A Serial Story: Part 3

    Meanwhile, the man watching the little bungalow stood quietly in the shadows, contemplating his next move. So Maggie was somehow involved with Alfonso. Interesting, very interesting. The man ran a slender hand through his wavy brown hair, as he often unconsciously did when his mind was stewing over a problem or plotting his next move. This time, it was both. Maggie and Al being in cahoots was a problem. A bog one. And he had to determine exactly how to deal with it. Tell his employer immediately? Wait until he had more facts? Try to solve the problem on his own and then report to his employer? “C’mon, Ethan, think,”…

  • Writing Prompts

    60 Writing Prompts and WTF

    So, I came across this little gem searching for writing prompts (i.e., this is not a sponsored post, like all of our other posts). Not only does Freewrite have 2 months worth of daily writing prompts available, the website also has WTF–Writing Time Friday. You receive a post at noon Eastern each Friday and can join thousands of other writers around the world for a quick virtual write-in session! Check out the prompts or join WTF at getfreewrite.com/blogs/writing-success/writing-prompts-60-ideas-you-can-use-today.

  • On Writing

    Transmedia

    I’m an idea girl. I get tons of ideas for stories and creative works all the time. I don’t think I’ll ever have enough time to get to them all. Maybe in Heaven someday. 🙂 At any rate, one of the reasons I don’t have as much time as I could have is because I tend to find these independent YouTube series and then I binge watch them. One of the more famous of these is Lizzie Bennet’s Diaries, which is a vlog, updated for the current century, based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The one I just finished binging on is called The Moonstone, which is based on…

  • On Writing

    Whatcha writin’?

    Now that I blasted through catching up on comments (you know you all miss me doing that…*G*), I thought I’d find out what everyone’s working on. Hey! Even if you just have some ideas or goals! Share ’em with us. Maybe we can help brainstorm and develop them into something you’re enthusiastic on digging into! As for me, I just finished a chapter of the Hart mystery, and I’ve roughly plotted out the next 2-3 chapters. And I have most of the first scene done of part 3 of my auction story for Jenn (which is tremendously overdue. *sigh*). I’m trying to alternate between those two so that I eventually…

  • On Writing

    Deep Work

    I was surfing the Internet (which I spend far too much time doing) and I was looking up articles like “mental fatigue” and “brain fog”, just seeing if there were methods that people use to combat this feeling of just being mentally tired all the time. And I found an article about 10 Things Brain Fog Might Be Telling You. (Tells you how much brain fog I have that I couldn’t concentrate long enough to read the article to get through all ten items.) But one thing jumped out at me. The author talked about the concept of Deep Work. I’d never heard of this before, and thought it sounded…