I’m not good enough to write like that.

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.

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Counting how many times I use REALLY, VERY, WAS, FELT, THOUGHT, and all those other, pesky, weak words.

Photo by Crissy Jarvis on Unsplash I copied my work-in-progress (a horror novel) into a web app that counts the number of times I used each word. As I expected, words like the, a, and the characters’ names popped up a lot. However . . . During my initial self-editing process, I had tried to … Continue reading Counting how many times I use REALLY, VERY, WAS, FELT, THOUGHT, and all those other, pesky, weak words.

3 Big Lessons from the Roanoke Author Invasion

I learned three big lessons when I attended the Roanoke Author Invasion book festival earlier this month. (I attended as a reader, sigh, but some day . . . ! ) Lesson Numero Uno Authors are super nice in person and are happy to talk about their books and their writing processes. The authors I … Continue reading 3 Big Lessons from the Roanoke Author Invasion

One Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2019 Reads

Autographed, cool! 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 one-sentence reviews. When the Lights Go Out – Ink Slingers’ Halloween Anthology (2015). In an anthology there’s sure to be at least one author’s voice that doesn’t … Continue reading One Sentence Reviews: My 1st Quarter 2019 Reads