Advice, Craft, Fiction, Writing

Note to self: You ain’t writing literature!

This past week, I reached the dark woods, otherwise known as the dreaded middle of a novel in progress. I stumbled a bit. Suddenly, I hated my book. The writing seemed pedestrian. The language was too simple, the syntax too straightforward. This won’t do, I thought, I should start over and write like a real… Continue reading Note to self: You ain’t writing literature!

Craft, Editing, Fiction, My Books, Novel, Reader, Revision, Words, Writing

Best laid plans vs. vacation

I've been too busy with two little charmers to write a new post, so today I'm serving up a re-post from one year ago. It's a topic of continued relevance to me and, I hope, of some interest to you. I apologize up front because I might step on some toes today. Just know that… Continue reading Best laid plans vs. vacation

Characters, Fiction, Marketing, My Books, Novel, Publish, Query, Theme, Writing

What’s a male protagonist doing in my women’s fiction?

Yes, I’m back to the subject of categorizing fiction. I've been told the key to knowing how to label your book’s category is to picture where it would be shelved in a book store. That advice works for those who write in mystery, sci-fi, horror, YA, and other clearly defined genres, but I don’t. I… Continue reading What’s a male protagonist doing in my women’s fiction?

Books, Fiction, Horror, Musings, Reading, Reflections

How I read from there to here!

Recently, I’ve been thinking of all the books I’ve read in my life … not that I can actually remember them all—or even a third. Specifically, I’ve thought of different categories of books and when I read them. While waiting for my first son to be born I read the likes of Updike, Angelou, and… Continue reading How I read from there to here!

Author, Characters, Fiction, Goals, Inspiration, Novel, Writing

Learning from Anne Tyler

I took two days off writing last week to read Anne Tyler’s latest novel Noah’s Compass. As she always does, she populated her story world with realistic common man characters. She excels at this. In each of her books, she drops you into someone’s shoes and lets you walk around their life for a while.… Continue reading Learning from Anne Tyler