I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN…

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”  ― Kurt Vonnegut, Nothing feels quite so much like jumping off a cliff, then preparing for twenty presentations back to back! With several age groups and several different presentations, I feel like perhaps some circus skills (juggling for example) are

OUTLINE YOUR STORY: From a “Panster” Point of View

  Are you a “plotter” or a pantster?” From the time I first decided to write a novel, I knew I was a pantster. This, of course, is the word used to describe writers who write “by the seat of their pants,” rather than meticulously  planning out every detail before typing Chapter 1. It’s not

THE HEART OF REVISION – It’s Not in the Words

Remember what Robert Frost said? “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader…” As much as I love words, and as much as I love contemplating word choices when doing the final polishing, I know that words alone are not going to cut it. From the beginning of this project, I knew how

IN A BLUE FUNK*

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Tom Hanks as Jimmy in A League of Their Own, staring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis. Dottie (Geena) wants to quit the baseball league, claiming it’s too hard. That’s the way I feel about writing.

HOW TO FIND YOUR INNER ADOLESCENT

“Sometimes I scare myself at how easily I slip inside my mind and live vicariously through these characters.” Teresa Mummert  When I first started writing, my son was a teen so I was surrounded with the sarcasm and the witty (but not necessarily kind) comebacks that passed for conversation between him and his friends. Inevitably

How to Breathe Life into Flat Characters

  “It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?”  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables The timelessness and the popularity of the story of Anne of Green Gables are rooted in the character of Anne. LM Montgomery managed to create a delightful character who readers love and care about. Even readers in other cultures adore the

LET YOUR CHARACTER WRITE THE STORY

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.” —Leslie Gordon Barnard, WD When I begin to feel a writer’s block building in

WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL – LOOK AGAIN!

Nothing is working! I want to scream it from the roof tops. My WIP with the working title of Anywhere But Here appeared to be progressing well.  There were some scenes that needed strengthening but I always knew where the story was going and how it would end. So, I did not expect to hit the

CREATE A UNIQUE VOICE

How can I use my imagination to create a unique, yet totally relatable character?  What I have realized is that I need to use every possible opportunity to develop the personality of my  character. I need to practice “being” Lily. I need to literally live inside my story. What quirks/mannerisms does Lily display when eating?

IMAGINE – the road not taken

Another Point of View activity that I have found super helpful, is to go through the writing prompts in some of my books  and then respond to the prompt as my protagonist would respond. This is actually a lot of fun and provides a whole new twist to the writing prompt. But the best part