Writers write because we love to use words, but let’s face it––even though we say we write for ourselves, we all want to be published and have many others read what we’ve written, for the mutual benefit of ourselves and our readers. That’s why self-editing is important. We must do everything we can to get […]
Getting published traditionally is difficult. Publishers look for ways to disqualify submissions. Small publishers are more likely to accept a manuscript from a previously unpublished author, yet they are the ones who require “publish-ready” submissions. Possibly because their small staff doesn’t have time to edit a novel––or they only accept from the best of the […]
In a week and a half, I’m going to do something incredibly fun. I’m taking a step, planning for fun, and enjoying my life. What am I going to do? Click to Tweet Am I walking in the park? Will I go to my favorite restaurant? While these are all fun things to do, I’m […]
I won’t get too preachy here, but watching the 1995 movie “Joseph” last night stirred my soul again to turn a negative into a positive. The story of the biblical Joseph, the son of Jacob is an inspiring one. You could almost wonder “what does it matter?” It matters much. Let’s look at it. Click […]
This week, I’m continuing my series on tips for novel synopsis formatting. Here’s the only place you can “tell” rather than “show.” Click to Tweet #amwriting #synopsis
Many people make New Year’s resolutions every year, then fail to keep them. I learned a long time ago that although you or I may want to change our lives with a new start, our human frailties get in the way, and we fail miserably. This year, I resolve to change in only one way. […]
“Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy…” Click to Tweet The angel told the shepherds in the field. I have to admit that I still am fearful from time to time. Not about the world or the way it’s going, but my own personal life or some little thing in […]
It’s not too often that something just “comes” to me, like my literary agent recently did. But I’m convinced it was because a year ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started the process. Stepping out of our comfort zone can feel like walk off a cliff, doesn’t it? #comfortzone #walkingoffacliff Click to Tweet.