I've been blogging about the craft of writing fiction for some time now. I've been passing on tips learned from other writers and a few things I figured out on my own. But I find that now when I sit down to write a post, the ideas no longer crowd each other in their need… Continue reading Genre Fiction
Last week our son visited. Happened to be here on Sunday so he went to church with us. Before leaving the house, he asked about this particular church. Whether there were bibles in the pews. We looked at each other in puzzlement and wanted to know why he'd ask such a question. There was a… Continue reading I Love My Kindle
I've decided that Americans like their guns and I have the data to back up that claim. My data, as inconclusive as it may be, is that my novel Wanted Sharpshooter is selling better than any of my other books, even Spirit Legend, the book that was prominent last week in a book blast that… Continue reading Guns and 99 Cent Reads
When I decided to become a writer, I thought I'd write non-fiction because it paid better. I thought that, since I lived on a lake in the North Woods, that's what I'd write about. So I checked out magazines that featured those places. And decided what my first article would be about. And started to… Continue reading Too Much Research
There's a spot on the wall above my computer where the paint has worn off. Because there have been so many loglines stuck there over the years. I pulled the paper with the logline off the wall when the manuscript was finished and often some of the paint came off too. For those of you… Continue reading Why Loglines?
Minor characters are sneaky. They are necessary to the story but they aren't supposed to take over. The problem comes when one or more of them do exactly that. So what to do? Depends. There are two kinds of minor characters. You need to know which category your minor character belongs to before you can… Continue reading Minor Characters
Self-promotion is on my mind a lot these days because the very first professional promotion of any kind starts April 8th for Spirit Legend, my third book, my fourth e-published anything. I never had to self-promote before because I sold my works to publishers and they took care of the rest. My first foray into… Continue reading Self Promotion