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?”

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 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?”

Decided to move my site to WordPress

Started a new challenge from a mentor: 1000 words a day for 28 days Writing every day isn’t anything new to me. It is, however, something new that I’m actually going to keep track of how much I write. Sure, some days I will work on my blog and some days I will work onContinue reading “Decided to move my site to WordPress”