The Third Roast ft. Tara Theresa Hill

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Marcus Tullius Cicero – source No writer, no human being for that matter, can go at life alone. Somewhere along the way we all realize at some point that we need others to help us along, and vice versa. My own journey began nearlyContinue reading “The Third Roast ft. Tara Theresa Hill”

The Second Roast ft. Iseult Murphy

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” Frank Herbert – source No writer, no human being for that matter, can go at life alone. Somewhere along the way we all realize at some point that we need others to help us along, and vice versa. My own journeyContinue reading “The Second Roast ft. Iseult Murphy”

The First Roast ft. Rebecca Zornow

As an unpublished, nonprofessional writer working on my first novel, I nevertheless had access to extremely talented people who would help make my manuscript better, people who’ve made careers out of providing careful, constructive criticism to writers. I’m tremendously grateful to them Chris Pavone – source No writer, no human being for that matter, canContinue reading “The First Roast ft. Rebecca Zornow”

Confessions of a Chronic Underwriter

Be honest with me: How many of you thought I put the word “underwear” instead of “underwriter” in the title? I won’t blame you one bit! But the title is completely, utterly, unequivocally true. About two years ago my uncle, who’s a published children’s author, picked up on it when he read through one ofContinue reading “Confessions of a Chronic Underwriter”

How Working in a Hardware Store Taught Me About Writing

I come from a family that loves to hone our do-it-yourself skills, analyze projects seen on HGTV shows, and critique how houses are built. Since childhood we often stopped by a local hardware store to gawk at some new lighting or the latest DeWalt gadget after dinner out. Asking if anyone needs anything from HomeContinue reading “How Working in a Hardware Store Taught Me About Writing”

All The Tropes I Want to Use But Won’t

When I first looked up writing tips, the word “trope” popped up everywhere – on YouTube, on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest. Enter in a whole new world of terms to sift through. Let’s begin discussing tropes. To be unequivocally cliche here, Webster’s Dictionary defines a TROPE as: “a word or expression used in aContinue reading “All The Tropes I Want to Use But Won’t”

From Exposition to Resolution

I have many problems. C’mon now, they’re writing problems. It took me weeks to figure out my story’s ending and even then I knew that all the pieces weren’t going to be resolved in one book. (Read my prior blog post about that particular issue here). Now the problem is everything in between. This isContinue reading “From Exposition to Resolution”

Beta Readers Exist?

When I first ventured into this new phase of my life I never knew there was such a thing as a “beta reader.” As I looked more into it the more I realized that maybe I should find a few of my own. But then that “fear” crept up again. You know…the fear Of courseContinue reading “Beta Readers Exist?”

It’s Okay to Take a Break

For the past six months I have been researching. Researching so much that I felt overloaded with information and that overload caused me to have to take a break. I find myself still staring at four library books I’m praying are not overdue. But that’s when I realized, two weeks ago, that I needed aContinue reading “It’s Okay to Take a Break”

#WriteTip

Short #writetip for my fellow #novelvirgins I have been researching my first novel for seven months. Seven. Granted, I took a break over the Thanksgiving/Christmas period because it just became too much with normal life. But that’s the trick, isn’t it? Knowing when too much is just…too much? I don’t know how it is forContinue reading “#WriteTip”