Editing Matters, a Mentor’s Perspective, & the Patience of Some Readers
Editing. Why It Matters. I woke up way too early this morning, thinking and thinking and thinking about a recent book talk I gave at a regional library. A reader was fighting his way through Saving the Ghost and was stopped, not by the character’s painful story, but by her lashing out. At one point, she is in a shouting […]
June is gone, but creative discoveries from learning new things live on!
June is a blur in my rearview mirror! June started out with an 8-day immersion in an exploration of my artistic practice. From that emerged an entirely new way of delivering paint to canvas. I am stunned at the transformation I see and that made me stand back from my fantasy novel and reassess my storyline choices. I had a […]
Place. Time. Character. These are the essential elements your readers need to capture their attention and keep them turning pages. Give them something to hang on to in the first pages. Will Readers Want to Read Your Story? Genre is everything to most readers. Some will only read historical romance. Some will only read fantasy. Some only read mysteries. […]
You’ve heard the phrase: show the reader, don’t tell them. In the first example, we’re riding along with the character, seeing what she’s seeing, feeling what she’s feeling. By the end of the paragraph, we’re reaching for a gin and tonic!
Creative insecurities. When the work is finished and other eyes are on it, that’s when creative insecurities set in. Am I good enough? Know who you are as a writer to fight against creative insecurities. Please like my work, but don’t look too closely. You’ve written your memoir but haven’t learned how to write in that genre. You can’t wait […]
Sometimes change equals false starts. In 2021 I made the decision to update my website and split writing from art. I also decided to concentrate half my work hours to rebuilding a freelance business. Most of my freelance work evaporated in the pandemic year of 2020. I hired a website designer to help me make the updates to the author, […]
Creative writing allows me to let my mind loose, to find every little thing I might want to say about whatever my subject, get it down on paper, and thrill myself with the depth and magic in my imagination.