There's a lot to love about these black, fur-balls as evidenced by holidays in their honor. What, you say? Holidays just for a specific color cat? Yep. The ASPCA celebrates Black Cat Appreciation Day annually on August 17. In England, October 27 is National Black Cat Day. I mention these because my latest clean small-town… Continue reading Black Cats. Gotta love ’em.
The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ Because: Writers, like all creative types, appreciate reassurance that what they are doing resonates with others. (Who doesn’t?” At the same time, most writers prefer doing their own thing regardless of whether other people like it or not. (Again, who doesn’t?) I suspect that the difference between the two… Continue reading As a writer, do you sometimes need reassurance that people care about your writing?
One of the easiest ways accomplishes more than just indicating which character is speaking or doing something. It’s called a ‘dialogue tag’ and it simply means that you mix together the description of the scene with the actions/speeches of the character you wish to pinpoint. Describe where they are or what they are doing, whichever… Continue reading While writing in third person, what are some of the ways you can refer to the main character other than their name or ‘he’ or ‘she?’
Plotting is a science and the more you do it the better your plots will be. So hang in there. But — there are ways to do it that make the whole thing easier. This is only one way but it’s the way I use: 1. Describe your main character in 2 to 4 sentences.… Continue reading I’m trying to write a plot line for a book but I keep on overthinking it and eventually hating them. How do I see it through to the end?
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?
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?
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?
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
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!
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?