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

Should I plan the novel or just start writing?

 Depends ——- There are two kinds of writers of novels: ‘Pantsers’ write by the seat of their pants. They just sit down and start writing. They normally end up doing a whole lot of revision and rewriting and, occasionally, even changing the thrust of the story, but they say this method allows their mind free… Continue reading Should I plan the novel or just start writing?

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Do authors hijack other’s ideas due to their better narrative?

This is an interesting question because of the way it’s worded. Authors hijack each other’s ideas all the time. Just as artists hijack each other’s ideas all the time and all creative types hijack everyone else’s ideas all the time.   The thing is, they hijack the IDEAS but they don’t hijack the way the… Continue reading Do authors hijack other’s ideas due to their better narrative?

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What is your motivation for writing?

  My original motivation for writing was to earn a paycheck from home doing something I enjoyed. And it worked for many years. Then Amazon turned the bricks and mortar publishing industry on its head and the magazines I wrote for went belly up and I found myself without that paycheck.   I tried other… Continue reading What is your motivation for writing?

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THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD

“It’s the best thing since sliced bread.” Everyone knows that the standard of greatness against which all great things are measured is sliced bread. What you probably didn’t know (unless you live in Northwest Missouri) is that Missouri is the home of sliced bread. I’m not making this up! Of course, people have been cutting… Continue reading THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD

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

WHY WE WRITE

Did you know? Written language was invented independently by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, and Mayans. ======================================================================= Which just goes to show that people from many cultures in widely differing parts of the world have felt compelled to write for a very long time. Including me, though I never realized that writing was a compulsion until… Continue reading WHY WE WRITE

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Meet Brandi Boddie

MEET BRANDI BODDIE, AUTHOR OF CONTEMPORARY AND HISTORICAL ROMANCES, ONE OF EVERYONE’S FAVORITE FORGET ME NOT ROMANCE AUTHORS, AND ALL-AROUND TALENTED PERSON Okay, I admit it. They are all my favorite authors. But Brandi Boddi has some pretty impressive credentials in more than one area of expertise. So, though I love showcasing all kinds of authors, Brandi… Continue reading Meet Brandi Boddie

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SPRING IS HERE! ENJOY!

Spring comes to the USA in increments. So how do you know when spring has begun? There is a way. It’s the appearance of the first tiny leaves on the trees, or the first crocus plants peeping through the snow. The Spring Leaf Index is an official measure of these early season events that you… Continue reading SPRING IS HERE! ENJOY!

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

Can we change the order of writing the sections?

Writers can and do write in any order they feel like writing. Most writers who choose to skip around and write sections out of sequence make sure that they first outline the complete work so they won’t be writing scenes that later must be eliminated or changed because they don’t fit. They are more likely… Continue reading Can we change the order of writing the sections?