Doin’ Double Time

Pulling double duty! Whoot !Whoot! Double the fun! On the advice of my agent I created another pen name for my historical fiction genre. Which also means having another website, instagram, and twitter account! Which I did, although I haven’t made a Facebook or...

Symbols & Context

This little 35-page compilation of past posts was created for two reasons. The first is because new writers often  don’t know how easy it is to include thematic, foreshadowing, contextual, plot, and character clues beyond the superficial or obvious. This is a...

9 Greek Sayings For The Writer

A trip to Greece had me pondering many things: my writing career, future plots, the sagacity of the ancient Greeks, and the hour of my next delicious cappuccino freddo. Of course, I also contemplated quitting my job and traveling the world—until I remembered I have a...

Writing Persona

We’re all familiar with zodiac and Meyers-Briggs personality types, but do you know your literary persona? You know, that’s the one that emerges when you’re in author mode. In the spirit of novelicious good fun, which fab female fits your writing persona?   Mary...

Eyes Open, Fingers Crossed Part 2

PART ONE discusses the first half of Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers and how it applies to writers More than just passion, hark work, and talent is needed to be successful. Other factors are involved. Part Two looks at the 2nd half of his book. To really...

Eyes Open & Fingers Crossed

My students and I are discussing Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers in class. Well, as you know, teachers can’t just read the book they must find ways to teach its lessons, drive home its themes, and apply it to their students’ lives. In this case,...

Some Things Never Change

Took a trip down Memory Lane today. While cleaning up the website I stopped to read my very first post from four years ago.  It made me smile because I still feel the exact same way about writing. A lot has changed since then. I self -pubbed two urban fantasy novels,...

Weird Words for Writing Problems

Words you never heard to explain your writing problems. Warning: Nerd alert ahead!!! Writing is easy, except when it’s not. Writer’s block is just the tip of the iceberg. Below are 16 other problems writers struggle with. So in case you weren’t already feeling...

To The Writers, Too Much Waste of Time

It was one of those weeks when I read lots of status updates and tweets about writers napping, Netflix binging, and being sent to Facebook jail Maybe all these updates get me testy because I don’t have the luxury of napping-Netflixing-FaceBooking.  ( Although my...

Zen and The Art of Manuscript Maintenance

Writing is more than just sitting down at the keyboard and typing. Writing is diving into the depths of your soul and embracing the good, the bad, and the ugly. Writing means peeling the onion layers of beliefs and emotions to expose its raw core—and then...

Purrrfect Writing Tips

Writers are quite cat-like. We can be stealthy, live far more than 9 lives thanks to our characters, pounce on delicious plots, cough up balls of plot flaws, and hiss at those critiquing our writing. In an effort not to be catty, this kitty is offering some tips for...

13 Tips for the Writing Newbie

I began writing my first novel 5 years ago. Boy, was I naive! Yet, looking back, those 5 years feel like both an eternity and a blink of an eye. Because I taught literary analysis and have a B.A. in Literature ( la-de-da ) I though I was ahead of the novel game, but...

Don’t Fear the Critiquer

Despite what you may think, the folks critiquing your manuscript are not the sickle-wielding grim reaper come to bury your manuscript, although for the uninitiated it can be Hell. I paid—yes, paid—for critiques from industry professionals at writers...
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