Back Cover Blurbs, Romance Writing, The Craft of Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Fiction

Back cover blurb for ‘A Very Black Cat’

Here it is, a different kind of back cover blurb that focuses on the town first and only gets to the main characters and the story halfway through. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Welcome to Johns Falls, the small town in the northern Minnesota wilderness where everyone knows everything about everybody, often before they know it themselves. So it’s… Continue reading Back cover blurb for ‘A Very Black Cat’

Romance Writing, Short Story, The Craft of Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Fiction

How can I introduce and describe and multiple characters in the same room?

 It can be done, but it’s best to follow the rule of three. This rule exists because few writers are good enough to write a scene containing more than three characters without their readers becoming confused. So limit your scene to three characters or less if you want your story to actually be read and… Continue reading How can I introduce and describe and multiple characters in the same room?

Romance Writing, Short Story, The Craft of Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Fiction

What are the best ways to improve writing skills as a beginner?

I’m sure you’ll get this answer from all kinds of writers, but it bears repeating: Read, read, read. But zero in on the kinds of things you want to write because, after a while, you’ll start seeing patterns that will hold true for that kind of writing. Pay attention, even start jotting down what you… Continue reading What are the best ways to improve writing skills as a beginner?

Romance Writing, Short Story, The Craft of Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Fiction

WRITERS MUST BE CRAZY

I definitely believe this, especially now. The thing is, I'm a writer. But: I absolutely cannot learn the technology behind internet marketing. I recently spent two days -- two whole days -- figuring out how to get a newsletter out using Mailchimp. Now, according to other writers, Mailchimp is easy to use. Takes a few… Continue reading WRITERS MUST BE CRAZY

Romance Writing, The Craft of Writing, Writing Fiction

Do pets sense our emotions?

Yes, they do. They are more aware of our emotions than we realize. At least that's what my son-in-law, the animal person who managed an animal shelter for a while, says and I'm sure that he's right. Once, when I was just a bit depressed -- nothing special, just a down day -- the family… Continue reading Do pets sense our emotions?

Romance Writing

Have you ever felt that the story you were writing was not good? What did you do then?

 I feel that way about a lot of the stories I write. My current wip (work in progress) is an example. It’s a good story but thin and I have a word count to meet that requires more words than the story does! So I’m doing what I do in such situations and what you… Continue reading Have you ever felt that the story you were writing was not good? What did you do then?

Romance Writing, The Craft of Writing, Writing Fiction

How do I get started as an author of books that people buy?

I like that you asked about books people buy because writing a book  that sells is a whole different animal from writing a book for your own enjoyment: Read the best books in the genre you wish to write in. Choose a best-selling book in that genre and take it apart. How is it structured?… Continue reading How do I get started as an author of books that people buy?