Writing Retreats

Dilemma. Need solutions. Isn’t that the key question to most everything? 🙂  My writing muse is firmly stuck in dozing mode. Normally, this is frustrating enough. Yet a few other writing friends of mine are also stuck. In either initial first draft, edits, or the dreaded (but interesting problem) of second-book-curse-oritis. Aha! Solution: writing retreat. … More Writing Retreats

Waiting for Rain

And not just because I live in Texas where there’s a permanent state of drought and lawns look like deserts for 10 months of the year. I’m waiting for the much more precious form of rain: inspiration. The touch of literary angels, letting the storms and floods come to my parched imagination. I’m revising my … More Waiting for Rain

Researching Villains

Part of my revisions for my manuscript involve doing more research on villains. Yes, apparently the villain in my novel isn’t developed enough, according to my critique partners, and they’re right. So I’ve dug around on the internet to find info on the inner minds and psyche’s of our nation’s more recent sicko’s, including reading … More Researching Villains

Thick Skin For Hire

Every writer, particularly published authors, know that the publishing industry requires a thick skin for anyone who dares enter their dominion. I thought I had a fairly thick skin before I even started querying my first manuscript. *insert cackle laughter here* Now, I know I don’t have nearly as thick of skin as I should, … More Thick Skin For Hire

Beta Reading Challenge

My writers group just started a new program called Beta Readers Round Table.  Five of our members submitted their completed manuscripts to be reviewed by Beta Readers (myself included). Each Beta Reader critiques 2 manuscripts based on content (not line editing). Searching for plot holes, characterization errors, point of view switching, change of tenses, the … More Beta Reading Challenge

Can’t Wait to Plot

So, I’ve only gone through the first round of revisions on my manuscript and have sent it out to my critique group. And I’m not stopping there. I’ve already started plotting and creating the character sketches for the next book that’s twirling around in my head. Some could call me a glutton for punishment, since … More Can’t Wait to Plot