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

TWISTING THE LENS

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.” Alan Alda When you aren’t feeling particularly inspired, sometimes it helps to twist the lens on something familiar and view it from a different perspective. If you haven’t tried using writing prompts with a twist, you may be

The Creative Brain

Did you know that doing one novel thing a day is important for brain health? (Considiering I just wrapped up National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) it seems obvious a pun was intended here!) According to Dr. Sandra Bond, renowned cognitive neuroscientist, using your brain creatively is a critical part of strengthening brain function. Apparently we