There’s always a surge of excitement when I type “the end” on a manuscript. It’s a feeling of completion, plus pride in the ability to finish what I started. Those two little words mean a lot, because stick-to-it-iveness is a big factor in a writer’s success. So if you’re an aspiring writer who’s finished the […]
The sausage-maker should never, ever think about how the sausage is made!
I murdered a nice old man today.
somehow, my Wonder Woman editor always gets sraight to the heart of a story.
If you stop trying to win the race on the rabbit’s terms, chances are you’ll be a happy turtle.
Summarizing “Inception” in a blog post is like trying to distill Finnegan’s Wake into a short story.
Sometimes the notion of having a muse can be downright destructive.
It’s a challenge to tackle the keyboard after working all day–but sitting down and making the effort is half the battle. Unfortunately, that’s the only part of the battle I won tonight. I had a brilliant idea for my book while I was working. I couldn’t wait to get tapping away at the keyboard, so I […]
Everything happening tonight seems to be part of a nefarious conspiracy on the part of the entire universe to make me realize that I am lucky. I’m en route to the Romance Writers of America Conference in Washington. I’m spending the night at the Springhill Suites on Tower Road so I can catch my early […]
My reading habits have changed dramatically since I started writing. I have a tendency to absorb the rhythm and tone of whatever I’m reading, and unconsciously mimic it in my writing–and since I write almost every day, I have to be careful what I read. Scrape and I recently visited Key West, and I downloaded some […]
You paranormal writers might want to stop by the bookstore tomorrow to get a glimpse of a genuine zombie at work.
We’ll see what I think of all this inspired spontaneity when I go back and reread the manuscript.
I am soooo not athletic. The last time I went skiing, I got a concussion. And I was standing still!
When I spend eight to twelve hours immersed in the story, I can separate myself from reality and live the life of my characters.