writer Wednesday

June 14, 2017

Blazing a Trail with Foreshadowing #WriterWednesday

Foreshadowing is a dramatic device writers use to tease an important plot point which we must return to before the story ends. Think of foreshadowing a little like foreplay. Only in the case of foreshadowing, we’re teasing a big twist in the story or an important piece of information which will affect the hero or heroine or both before the story ends. It’s important to remember that foreshadowing isn’t a red herring. Red herrings mislead, foreshadowing promises. So how do you use foreshadowing in your plot? The incident needs to be foreshadowed Significant events and information require foreshadowing. For example, if […]
May 10, 2017

The Countdown for #amwriting in the Build-a-Book Workshop is on #WriterWednesday

I’ve had several requests over the last few weeks to offer my pre-writing workshop once more. Thanks to those requests I’ve decided to make the course available this summer once more. There are limited spots available, and I’ll be closing the signups on Friday May 26 so I can get us organized. The course will include a mailing list where you will receive the lessons and a Facebook group for discussion. You will be able to work this class at your own pace. Sign up for the Build-a-Book Workshop.  More about the workshop: June 1-30   Fee:  $50 Getting Serious About […]
June 22, 2016

#WriterWednesday: Finding Your Writing Zen

Not too long ago, my husband said, “Writer, just another word for procrastinate.” Now, to be fair, he was kidding. Yet, the phrase stuck with me, as does—research, just another word for procrastination. Or gathering your thoughts is an excuse for more of the same. I am not going to say my experience is that of every other writer out there, but first and foremost, can I get a little more shut the hell up on being accused of procrastination if I am not actually typing all the words onto the screen? Thank you. Writing is strenuous work. Achieving the […]
January 20, 2016

#WriterWednesday : Only the Loneliness

Writing is a loner’s business. Now before you ask isn’t that a typo? Let me be clear. There is a difference between being alone, being lonely and being a loner. The first step in any writing journey involves dreaming out loud and awake. In these mindful moments, stories unfold, characters come to life and for me, at least, the voices are distinct and clear. While a writer’s success does not occur in a vacuum and others are involved along the way from crit partners to editors to proofreaders and eventually readers themselves, the first steps, the crucial steps are taken […]
November 4, 2015

Writer Wednesday: Knowing How to Write The End of a Series

My current project is the last book in a series and, in the months leading up to beginning the book, I’ve been considering all the things I need to make sure are covered in the final book of the series, what questions needed to be answered, and what payoffs had to be present. I would suggest it is more nerve wracking to end a series than it is to begin one. Why? Because as an author, I have to deliver a satisfying end not only for the reader, but also for myself.  What defines satisfying to me may not equal […]