DOGS! A 2019 Weekly Planner: Featuring {month}

Yeeeha, I finally got my first low-content items published through Amazon. It was a fun, frustrating, and yet simple process. There was a definite learning curve for me, most especially with the plethora of image compression settings in PowerPoint and Acrobat. But they’ve been approved and are LIVE! I...

First Scenes Compared

Earlier this month I started typing out someone else’s novel — see part I of that series if you haven’t read it yet and want to know “why?!” or what my thoughts were as I might reference them below — and I’ve also been drafting my first snack-sized romance...

Typing Someone’s Novel, Part 1

Ooooookay, so I’m doing an exercise typing out a published novel word for word to “feel” and study the mechanics of it. Why? To try to work out some pain points I’ve hit. I read about this technique somewhere on the internet and filed it away in the gray...

Tips for Tool #5

As a follow-on to my first post, Tool #5, here are 5 tips for using ProWritingAid. #1: Be open to suggestion.  Almost every time I thought “unh-unh!” but stepped back to consider how I might, juuust for the sake of argument, adjust my phrasing, I could. For the better....

Tool #5

I use five writing aids on a near-daily basis. Well, not counting laptops, books, the internet, so on and so forth. Now, why am I starting with the fifth one? Because it’s my most recent addition and I’m thrilled with it. ProWritingAid is a paid (thus the “Pro” part;...

Empty the Kitchen Sink

If you read my post on Let’s Talk About Death you might remember where I said we’d all look back on the blurb and laugh. If not, please go back and take a look. No worries, I’ll wait right here. Back? Excellent. That blurb alludes to about, oh, I...

Writing Tools

In the interest of sharing too much information, I’m compiling here a list of the tools I use on a regular basis. (I’ll also be blogging about each one independently later and will link it here when I do.) Almost Daily Use: Scrivener — Website Aeon Timeline — Website...

Anima

This is what I think of every time I write, hear, or see the word “anima“. :0) Why would I be using that word? It’s one of the four components of life (and death) that I’m using in my reaper story framework. From Grosse Point Blank (1997) at about 14:50...

Curiosity Take The Wheel

I ran across an article edited by Joe Fassler discussing Andre Dubus III’s viewpoint on writing. I like this article even though I’m very much of a top-down writer so can’t agree that Andre’s way is the way to do things. The part which sticks for me is this:...

That’s So Me

Spotted in Anna Elliot’s article, Heartbeats: Instead of picturing yourself at book signings, you have to picture yourself alone at your keyboard, hour after hour, learning and re-learning and refining your craft, striving to make each story, each chapter, each individual sentence the best it can be. If that...