Grammar and Your Writing

During the three years I’ve been blogging, I’ve written several items on Grammar, but I’d like to start from scratch with this new series. I’d like to go out on a limb and venture to say that many of us begin writing stories when we’re young. We move through school learning the basics of languageContinue reading “Grammar and Your Writing”

ANNOUNCEMENT – Classes Starting on September 20th!

Hurry – class size is limited to SIX! As I continue my journey to help writers and artists prepare work for inclusion in either the ‘2021 Indie Authors’ Mystery Anthology,’ OR the ‘2022 Indie Authors’ Short Story Anthology,’ I’ve learned more about short stories than I thought I would. While I developed my checklist forContinue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT – Classes Starting on September 20th!”

One Way to Create the Characters for your Story

Developing characters for any piece of fiction is both challenging and fun. Where else do you get to build a person from the ground up? As a writer, you can create these characters to be likable or not. They can be handsome/beautiful, rich/poor – whatever WORKS for your story. Some of us are lucky enoughContinue reading “One Way to Create the Characters for your Story”

Some Tips on Writing a Mystery/Crime story

As the deadline for submissions to the 2021 Indie Authors’ Mystery/Crime Anthology draws near, here are a few tips for those who are struggling with the concept and deadline. Your story could fall into one of the following categories: 1.    Mystery fiction includes police procedurals, private detective, and cozy mysteries. A crime has already been committed (usually aContinue reading “Some Tips on Writing a Mystery/Crime story”

One way to Rewrite Dialogue and Make it Stronger

As writers, we all know that one of the most important elements of our short stories is the dialogue between our characters. Readers can learn a lot about the characters when dialogue is used as a tool. The following steps are ONE WAY that I use to edit any sections of dialogue in my stories:Continue reading “One way to Rewrite Dialogue and Make it Stronger”

Do All Writers Need Vision Boards?

I’m the first to admit that the idea of a ‘vision board’ doesn’t fit with my writing style. The visions I have in my highly imaginative brain are quite enough to feed my storylines, but after researching the idea, I’m slowly leaning the other way. Supposedly, a vision board is a valuable tool. There areContinue reading “Do All Writers Need Vision Boards?”

Do you have Writer’s Burnout?

Okay, I’ll go first. YES – I have a form of Writers’ Burnout that is quite alarming. For the past six weeks or so, every time I write a Blog post, I get tired – or distracted – or suddenly feel like I must do something that takes me away from my den AND keyboard.Continue reading “Do you have Writer’s Burnout?”

2021 Mystery/Crime Anthology NEEDS your Short Stories

Mustang Patty and Heathory Press present: Here’s another exciting opportunity for Indie Authors looking for a way to be published! We’re looking for Short Stories of 2000 to 5000 words that fit a Mystery/Crime these for an Anthology to be published in the late Fall. Stories need to be submitted in either Word or GoogleContinue reading “2021 Mystery/Crime Anthology NEEDS your Short Stories”

Time to Format 2021 Indie Authors’ Short Story Anthology

36 Stories 24 Authors 6 Countries Represented across 5 Continents Mustang Patty Talks Writing will be back with new and informative Blogs about writing on July 5th, 2021. You can look forward to Blogs on Writing Tips, Elements, Grammar and Punctuation. Currently, I’m hard at work formatting and perfecting these year’s Anthology. If you wouldContinue reading “Time to Format 2021 Indie Authors’ Short Story Anthology”