A Tale of Two Writers

Recently I had the opportunity to do manuscript evaluations for two writers who had many things in common—and one important difference. Both writers had completed drafts for mysteries with an edge of romance. They are both avid readers with little writing experience or instruction. This was the first attempt at a novel for both of them. They had created interesting female protagonists and stories with great potential, and they demonstrated an ability to write well with a unique voice. There were … Read More »

This Waiting is Driving Me Nuts!

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I consider myself a pretty successful indie author. I have published seven novels, three short stories, and have co-written two novellas with Jeremy Robinson in his hugely popular Jack Sigler Continuum series. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished as a writer. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we’re never really satisfied, are we? We always want more. Always set goals for ourselves higher than the ones we set before. That’s precisely where I’m at now. After five years as an … Read More »

Using Emotion in Our Stories

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Good morning everyone! One of the first things we hear when we start writing is to make the reader experience our character’s love, joy, sorrow, and other experiences. I’m sure many of us can attest that doing so can be one of the more difficult tasks. The reason is simple enough: it’s pretty damn hard to express what we feel in words. To combat that issue we can choose the easy way out and say our character is sad or … Read More »

The Moose Stays

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The setting for my middle grade mystery is northern Minnesota. There was no doubt in my mind that a moose had to play a part, had to be in the story somewhere. If you’ve ever lived in, or visited northern Minnesota, you’ll know that the décor usually reflects the breathtaking natural environment and the animals that live there — deer print pillows, pine tree-patterned quilts, and moose mugs. There may even be a mounted head watching you from an alcove or above a fireplace. I … Read More »

Beating Writer’s Block

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Good morning! As some of you may remember from my last post, I covered a few tricks I’ve learned to use in dealing with writer’s burnout. Many of those same tricks can be used to combat writer’s block. Writer’s block is, simply put, the inability to think of what to write. It’s also something I don’t believe in. I know my last statement will probably get me yelled at, but many others I’ve met always have ideas of some sort … Read More »

Dealing with Writer’s Burnout

Good morning everyone! Have you ever pushed yourself to the point you either didn’t care or couldn’t bring yourself to write or edit anymore? I know I have. Several times for different things and at different times. I also know my problem is I tend to throw myself into something to the point I don’t sleep, eat, or relax until said task is done. Over the years, I learned to pace myself, but that’s the easy part. We’re all creatures … Read More »

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