Cut it out! Pare it down. Weed out unnecessary words. Instead of a long, flowery sentence, like this one, sometimes the use of shorter sentences can add sizzle and shine to your dialogue and make it dazzle. Click to Tweet #DazzlingDialogue #amwriting
Change it up. Do something different. Be true to the POV character and who they are interacting with. Sometimes, life hits us with the unexpected. Put that in your dialogue. At times, something comes out of left field. We’ve never thought of it that way before. Insert these techniques into your dialogue to make the characters’ conversations sizzle, sparkle, and shine. Dazzle your readers with blazing exchanges. Click to Tweet #DazzlingDialogue #amwriting
I hope you had a very Happy New Year celebration. It’s always quiet at our house on New Year’s Eve. We do different things, watch a little television, maybe get on computer…it’s low key for my hubby and me. #newbeginnings2018 #amwriting #establishedblessings2018
I talked a bit about last year, and what a difference a year makes. I want to expand on that––especially if you are where I was emotionally a year ago. By taking a look back, I can move forward with great joy. I’ve been contemplating all this for weeks now…the difference a year makes. Click to Tweet
It’s wonderful that we pause every fourth Thursday of November to be thankful. We have a lovely holiday. A time to get together with friends and family. But I’m of the opinion we should cultivate a thankful heart for every day. We hear that we should keep Christmas every day…why not Thanksgiving? It doesn’t mean we eat turkey and dressing every day, it means we remember to be thankful for what blessings we do have. Click to Tweet #thanksgivingeveryday #thankfulheart #gratitudeattitude
Attending a writers’ conference is almost mandatory in order to advance yourself personally, and professionally. But you need to know what to expect. That’s why I’m writing these posts. I’ve attended numerous conferences, from a local one-day, to a multi-day conference far away. I’ve learned a lot, and hope to pass some of that along to you. Click to Tweet #amwriting #conferenceprep101
I’m excited to announce that later this year, my novel, “Meghan’s Choice” will finally be published. Through the literary agency I signed with, I will be self-publishing Meghan’s Choice. Stay tuned here for more information.
It’s been a l-o-n-g struggle. I got the idea for the novel five years ago. I wrote the first draft in 2013. It’s been through many revisions and edits since, but the story and the characters are as they are described on our page. You can link that here.
There comes a time when you have to change what is not working. Trying to get the novel published traditionally wasn’t happening. Thanks to the literary agency I signed with in November of 2015, I can self-publish my novel with their help, so I don’t have to do it all myself.
It will be a high quality publication. And I’m thrilled. What made this nice is that I got the news when I had the flu a couple weeks ago. Even though I couldn’t jump up and down, dance around on the outside, I got on my internal knees, (because after Israel and a couple falls since, I can’t get on my knees physically), and thanked the Lord.
Especially after a string of different disappointments last fall, which started in August, this news means so very much to me. Because when you’re going through a difficult season, you begin to wonder if what you’re doing is the right thing, and if God even listening.
Yes, He is listening. And even though it didn’t seem like the right thing, it turned out to be.
I had decided not to write fiction anymore, since I couldn’t win a contest or get a publishing contract, I thought, maybe I’ll just concentrate on my rejection issues and bring further understanding about that, and continue this blog.
But God is in control of my life. I have surrendered to Him. And this is my faith’s reward.