Ideas are EVERYWHERE!!

Writers’ Block is a real thing – or is it? Did you ever realize that there are writing ideas everywhere you look? I can be sitting in my living room and looking at the pictures or the knick-knacks on my shelves and ‘hear’ the stories they tell. Now, I do not have to write theirContinue reading “Ideas are EVERYWHERE!!”

Advice from Professional Writers (11)

One of my favorite things about this blog is when I come across topics that other writers find helpful in their writing. These posts will get the most views, and I think the writers I reach here are thankful for my love to share the things I’ve gathered in my toolbox over the years. IContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (11)”

Advice from Professional Authors (10)

About The Author: Charles Dickens  Even though Dickens is perhaps better known as the writer of famous writings like Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol, he wrote and edited widely during his life. He also wrote short stories like The Quack Doctor’s Proclamation, and Subjects For Painters. Books such as The Pickwick Papers, Little Dorit, and Bleak House – all of them areContinue reading “Advice from Professional Authors (10)”

Advice from Professional Writers (8)

Here is an article written by James Scott Bell. He is not only an author of novels and short stories, but he writes ‘’how-to books’ for the novice writer. Its a bit longer than my usual posts – but I think this is important information. It is good to hear it – even if itsContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (8)”

Advice from Professional Writers (6)

A few weeks ago, I began a series of posts with words of wisdom from different authors. I ‘collect’ these whenever I come across them. I will share these with you – (my readers) for October and November as I work on my outline for NaNoWriMo, as well as teaching my class, ‘Mustang Patty TeachesContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (6)”

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?”