Dec 022015


Last month for my Insecure Writers Support Group contribution, I talked about the ABCs of writing a story. From my perspective at least. A for Action, B for Background, C for Characters … In that essay, I went all the way to H for Hang in there. You will make a sale.

Many of my writer friends, supportive as they are read and commented on that post. A couple of those friends – one claimed an OCD’s mind the other is just plain pushy – wondered where the other letters were. In other words…what about the rest of the story—er—alphabet? Continue reading »

Nov 042015


The Insecure Writers Support Group meets the first Wednesday of the month online so member writes can share and encourage each other.  So here goes with my November contribution.

Everbody run!

What a way to start a story, right? Engage your reader from the get go. Make them care about what’s happening. Intrigue them, so they will have no choice but to … turn the page.

If you think about it, though, completing a story, be it short, novella length or epic really is as easy as A, B, C … Continue reading »

Sep 022015


A colleague of mine, a fellow writer, recently shared how she’s taken a year off from publishing. Not writing, she was quick to add, just the publishing side of things.

I have to say, that concept really resonated with me.

Especially being deeply embroiled doing the necessary promotion of what I already have published, fulfilling obligations for blog posts, sharing for others and such.

In addition, I’m in the hunt for a home for my WIP romantic suspense series, Brothers In Blue. You know the drill, I’m stressing over whether to insert a comma or not. Re-reading, self-editing, proofing and the like until I can hardly see straight. In short, the process is becoming work, I’m sorry to say. I need to revisit the joy of writing for the sake of writing in all its unencumbered and freeing glory.

Right now, one of four books in the Brothers In Blue series is completed and ready to go, with the second nearly halfway done. Continue reading »

Aug 052015


There’s no rhyme or reason to the way I write. I’ll admit to it. Not always proudly.

I have writer friends who compose their books in a linear fashion. They, rather the characters they create, travel from Point A to Point B to Points C, D and E. All the way from Once Upon A Time straight through to Happily Ever After.  With no side-trips, no deviation.

Man, I wish I could write like that. But I can’t. My stories come to mind in the form of complete scenes and characterizations, rushes of dialogue. Sometimes this is all related to what has come before, often times not. Through no fault of mine, my characters will react in ways I hadn’t expected. Many times I have no idea why a character will say what they say, or think what they think. Until a few chapters down the road, when everything makes perfect sense. Continue reading »

Jul 012015

Though we haven’t had the tortuously hot and uncomfortable temperatures this summer of years past, I’d still like to help cool everyone off a little anyway. One Fateful Friday is the final in my three novella anthology Saturday In Serendipity. One Fateful Friday takes place between Halloween and Christmas Eve and stars Jake Holbrook and Bethany Thomas.

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His twentieth high school reunion in Serendipity, Vermont leaves hospital CEO Jake Holbrook feeling lonely and alone. So when a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—he’s determined to keep her there. Family practice physician Bethany Thomas knows it’s a bad idea to sleep with her late husband’s best friend—even if he is the only man she ever loved. After years of marriage to the wrong man, she isn’t looking for an entanglement with her future boss. Clashing philosophies on patient care lead to an unknowing betrayal. As the holidays approach, Jake’s job is on the line. Can Bethany and Jake overcome their lack of trust to find their own Christmas miracle? Continue reading »

Jun 032015

Write, re-write, edit, repeat. Write, re-write, edit, repeat. So it goes in the life of a writer. For most of us, a long and tedious process. But oh the rewards. Our manuscripts evolve and improve all along the way. There’s a reason we call our initial efforts rough drafts.

Sometimes, though, we get so hung up on the actual production process, we forget about the rest of it. For published and pre-published authors, that means connecting with the audience we write for. (After all, the reason most of us write is to be read, right?) Continue reading »

May 062015

Back a while ago I came across an on-line discussion that had been going on for a couple of weeks, at least, before I got there. To paraphrase the topic was ‘what readers hate to see in romance books.’ In full and shameless lurker mode, I started going over some of the comments and found a lot of what was offered to be fascinating.

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Many of the discussants, mostly readers, shared the character traits, events and even names they did not like to see in the stories they put their time and money into. Many of the ‘please don’ts’ had to do with things that had been so overused they’d become a parody. And only a few times did an author, shall we say, ‘break in’ to defend themselves. That made me wonder, against what? The suggestions were well thought out and genuine. In my opinion, they were helpful. I even saw some, okay quite a few, I was guilty of committing. Continue reading »

Apr 012015

What is up with toilet paper these days? Is it just me, or are the rolls themselves becoming narrower, the cardboard tubes inside wider? In other words, less product for the same, or larger, price.

I don’t know how this is working at your house. At ours, there seems to be much more movement and play around the spindle. Not at all like some of the public restrooms where the toilet paper roll is packed so tight into the holder, you’re lucky to get off one teeny tiny square at a time. Or bits and pieces that are totally useless. Still, there is so much paper provided. Doesn’t that make you feel like a cherished customer?

Your basic advertising/sales tool is at play here, product enhancement-modifying existing products so they appear to be improved. We’ve all seen the ad strategies used. Same great product, more manageable (read smaller) package. More rolls for your money! Continue reading »

Mar 042015

Why are some of us so compelled to write? Does anyone know? We string words together, arranging them just so. Spacing, positioning, assembling them in the right order to say what we need them to say and make readers feel what we want them to feel.

I completed six full length novels before my next one, number seven, was contracted and published. That’s a fifteen percent success rate going in. Then I did go back to rewrite one of the original six that eventually sold, and added four more new ones that were published as well. If I have you confused, I’m at six for eleven – I think.  Just shy of a fifty-five percent success rate, as of now. My short story track record is a little better. In that genre, my success to failure ratio is about seventy-five percent. Same for human interest/personal essay articles submitted, three for four.  That’s not counting the stories and essays that were accepted and paid for but never published. Continue reading »

Feb 042015

Welcome to another addition, on my blog at least, of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. Created to provide support to writers everywhere; the object is for those of us who participate to share our insecurities and such, the first Wednesday of every month.

Write, re-write, edit, repeat. Write, re-write, edit, repeat, the day to day experience of every writer. Whether the work in progress is fiction or non-fiction, book length or short essay, the process is basically the same. Write, re-write, edit, repeat. Write, re-write, edit, repeat. Ahh. Will the good times and glamour never end?

Then one day it does end. Literally. For me, the work in progress to finished product is a contemporary romance titled Saturday In SerendipityThree stories of love rediscovered.

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