The next time you get a rejection, do not despair. You are in good company. I recently read an article in the New York Times about Charlotte Bronte. The acclaimed author of Jane Eyre not only got many rejections, but she was urged to stop writing. When she sent a sample of her writing to […]
Are You A Writer Looking for Motivation? How ’bout a Conference?
Writers often work alone, in their own worlds #amwriting Click To Tweet They scribble all day long, create events, characters, stories without the benefit of companionship. I’ve blogged before on the loneliness of writing. Indeed, it’s solitary work. Some writers thrive on that quiet alone time. Others need more stimulation. I tend to be in […]
OMG! An Agent Asked for Some of My Pages!
I’ve published 8 books without an agent. Why start now? #publsihing #agent Click To Tweet That’s a question I’m asking myself. Recently I sent a query to one agent. I had no hope that the query would be answered. Often, you never hear anything. But, this agent not only responded with a request for some […]
Trick or Tweet? What Has Twitter Gotten #Writers Into?
Have you been hoodwinked by Twitter? Do you spend hours every day, every week, tweeting or scheduling tweets? What’s the payoff? As a writer, I can lose myself for endless periods of time, tweeting or posting to Facebook. All those hours searching for good content, revising my tweets, scheduling the best time to post, reading […]
Movies and Books? Do Films Accurately Depict the Books?
There’s always been an argument about whether or not a film accurately portrays the original story form, that is, the novel or memoir. For me, I often think films cannot capture the essence of a full-length book. After all, the film has only two hours in which to tell the story. Novels are a slow […]
Who Are Your Writing Companions?
Recently one of my writer colleagues told me he’d lost his trusty dog. That dog sat at his feet as he scribbled book after book. When things were good, the dog was there. When things were not so good, the dog was there. Now, with the dog gone, my friend is having a hard time […]
Survey to Determine What Blog Content You Wanna Read
This new year let’s start with ideas for blog content, that you, the readers, want to read Click To Tweet I know many people read blogs and often never comment. That makes it hard for bloggers to know what people might enjoy reading. What kinds of blogs do you read and what content do you […]
Tips for Making Your Resolutions Stick!
How many of you make New Year’s #resolutions only to see them dissipate before February? Click To Tweet I’ve long wondered why we feel compelled to make these resolutions. Perhaps I’ve been the kind of person who makes little resolutions with myself all year and never really thought about New Year’s as a time for […]
Do You Think I’m Crazy ‘Cause My Characters Talk to Me?
Okay let’s be clear, I’m a sane person. Or, at least as sane as the next guy. Nonetheless, I imagine my characters directing my stories. Yep, they tell me what to do. I’ve tried to direct them, but that usually leads to a dead end. Some people call that dead end writer’s block. But, in […]
What Do You Do In Between Writing Projects?
I’m pacing around, restless. I finished a writing project and sent it off to a Beta readers. Now, I must wait. Whether it’s to a reader, an agent or a publisher, there’s a lot of wait time after a project is finished. Do you start a new project or pace until your feet ache? What […]