These are the books I am reading in preparation for my National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) project in November. There are three nonfiction books to expand my knowledge base. (“Write what you know.”) And there are three critter-horror novels to help me get a grip on: What techniques do and do not work well when … Continue reading Research for Nanowrimo 2019
I was working outside in a park where sounds dissipate rather than echo off walls like inside a building. The nearest person was my boss on my left side, about six yards away. What I thought was a tall teenage boy leaned over my right shoulder and, half-giggling, yelled, “Boo!” He then let out an … Continue reading The Freakiest Thing That Ever Happened at Work
I do quarterly goals instead of monthly or yearly goals. Three months is long enough that I can keep an eye on my overall vision, and short enough that I can regularly evaluate and make adjustments when life throws a curveball. The thing about having a blog is you can stick your goals and your … Continue reading 3rd Quarter 2019 Writing Goals
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader. Here are the fiction and nonfiction books I’ve read this quarter with my attempt at cogent, one-sentence reviews. Quiet, by Susain Cain. I didn’t know you could be an introvert and not be shy until I … Continue reading One Sentence Reviews: My 2nd Quarter 2019 reads
Today I’m sharing how I created a new author photo for my website. I hope it’ll help those of you who want to update your own photo. Thanks to the readers who asked me how I went about it. You inspired this blog post. I figure there are four levels of author images on a … Continue reading DIY Author Photo
I’m not good enough to experiment with a character’s stream of consciousness or write page-long metaphors or create dialogue with two meanings or, hey, onomatopoeia (especially since it took me three tries to spell it right). It’s frustrating because I feel like a little kid with a box of crayons, trying to draw the smooth … Continue reading I’m not good enough to write like that.