The Importance of Veterans – AND Why they’re SPECIAL

Happy Veterans’ Day. For those of you who live in the U.S., you know that this holiday was traditionally celebrated on November 11th. When it became fashionable to move holidays to Mondays, it is now celebrated on the Monday closest to the date. For years, the military of the United States has been a drivingContinue reading “The Importance of Veterans – AND Why they’re SPECIAL”

A Life-changing Event and a Quote

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free so Drink. Drink and be filled up.” ~Stephen King~ During the summer of 1981, my life was full of turmoil. I considered leaving myContinue reading “A Life-changing Event and a Quote”

2020 First Quarter Goals – did you meet them?

Is anyone else blown away because the first quarter of the year is almost over? Turning the page of my calendar this morning hit me flat on the face and left a mark. When did this happen? And where did the time go? Where are you in the projects you outlined for the new year.Continue reading “2020 First Quarter Goals – did you meet them?”

What to do when you’re STUCK – Part One

My blog for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Starting today, I will be blogging about tips and techniques you can use when you get to a point where you and your writing are stuck. We all know the feeling. You’ve run out of ideas, words, and you’re ready to walk away from your project. Each TuesdayContinue reading “What to do when you’re STUCK – Part One”

5 Criteria For Creating Successful Story Goals

In last week’s blog entry, I discussed the importance of Great characters to carry the plot for your short story by creating story goals. So, it logically follows that this week, I would focus on a few ways you can use to create successful story goals and keep your readers glued to the page. 5Continue reading “5 Criteria For Creating Successful Story Goals”

Every Good Story has A GREAT Character

With the announcement about the upcoming Anthology of Short Stories for Indie Authors, I find myself thinking about what it takes to put together a story. In the case of the short story, the writer is forced to create a hero who is three-dimensional. The success of the story rests firmly on the shoulders ofContinue reading “Every Good Story has A GREAT Character”

What makes a good short story?

Over the next few months, I will be featuring ideas about writing the Short Story. As some of you know, I’m working with Adams Creative Solutions on the 2020 Indie Author Short Story Anthology. We are hoping to gather forty short stories from authors that range from 500 to 5000 words. The criteria to submitContinue reading “What makes a good short story?”