Writer Wednesday - the elevator pitch

  Has anyone ever asked you what your book is about?  Can you tell them - in a sentence or three?  This is what writers call "the elevator pitch" or "the elevator speech."  Here's the story behind the elevator pitch. You're at a writing conference...

Writer Wednesday - Contract in the inbox

  There is a publishing contract sitting in my email waiting for me to review and sign it.  This is cause for celebration and also careful perusal of the contract to make sure I understand it.  In this case, I've worked with the publisher before...

Why writers haunt the inbox

With writers it used to be the snail mail box that we approached with trepidation when we had submissions out to agents or publishers. If that envelope came back with your own handwriting on it, you knew it was someone returning a response.  It...

*Insert Poetic Title About Love and Loss*

A thousand miles of distance still he finds her in his dreams Countless lonely nights apart but she feels him as she sleeps The rain begins to fall and he can hear her laugh That song begins to play and it's almost like he's back...

Crafting the perfect sentence

Crafting the perfect sentence can be trickier than we realize.  And no one illustrates that better than the church ladies with typewriters.  Enjoy. From your local church (or a church local to someone somewhere) 1. Bertha Belch, a missionary...

Writer's block? Journal as your characters

The topic of journaling came up in a group of writers I hang out with.  I found it interesting to hear the various ways people journal. Some treat their journal like a diary and track their day and their thoughts during the day.  Others are more free...

When do you write best?

This blog post is brought to you by Daylight Savings Time which has completely thrown off my writing schedule.  While I really do write or edit throughout most of the day, the evening hours are when I usually get to settle in and work on the novels...

Friday Fun for Writers

  Three men: an editor, a photographer, and a journalist are covering a political convention in Miami. They decide to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour. Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp. As they rub the lamp a genie...

Formatting Dialogue - Writer Wednesday

  I'm going to take a look at something fairly basic for this week's Writer Wednesday -- how to format dialogue.  Just the formatting aspect or how it should look on the page.  The reason is that I find a lot of beginning writers struggle to deal...

Do you have a creative writing question?

Lately we haven't had many questions in the Creative Writing group. So, I've decided on Monday's to post asking anyone if they have a question they'd like the group to discuss for the week.  The question can be anything writing-related and you can...

Fun Friday - Writers change a light bulb

  How many science fiction writers does it take to change a light bulb?  Two, but it's actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and then the first one sat on the other one's shoulder so that they...

Writing, agents and the rhetorical question

  I've driven people nuts by answering what they thought were rhetorical questions.  A friend once pointed to a rose bush and demanded "so who gets to decide that rose will be called Queen Elizabeth and why does everyone else agree to follow...

What's in your garden???

 Greetings, As I am on my journey to peace I look forward to all the wonderful changes in my life. In some areas for me old thoughts and patterns continue to show up so I know I am still working on it. With faith by my side I know this is possible....

Embracing me, Embracing my children - family prayer jar

Greetings, Not too long ago I learned about my sacred gift of Intercessory pray. As a young child far back that I can remember every time we passed an accident or an emergency vehicle I would pray for God to keep them safe. I would feel a lot of...

Men & woman not so diffrent.....

Men & Women Not So Different Men and women are far more similar than we think, according to an Australian academic whose latest book challenges the thinking behind international best-sellers likeas John Gray’s Men Are from Mars, Women Are from...

Writer Wednesday - dialogue tag lines

  I'm in a writing group with a writer who suffers from rampant tag line abuse.  When he reads his work, I feel like I need to put together a team of tag line cowboys to round up the wild tag lines and corral them.  So today I'm blogging about...