Storm Prep – #5

Whatever world the characters in a story inhabit, there has to be some sort of atmosphere surrounding them. There has to be weather in the world where they live, and it has to be more than, “It was a dark, stormy night.” Although, I’m about to tell you about that very thing:  a dark, stormy…

Valentines – Give and Get?

February is the month of love – Valentine’s Day and all. I listened as a mother told me she had to deliver valentines for the entire class at her daughter’s school. That got me to thinking about my own school days and the fact that we didn’t give valentines to everyone. It was a life…

The Magic of Inspiration

I never know where or when I’m going to find inspiration – does any writer? Sometimes I go looking, or will it in my mind, but I seem to have the best luck when I leave the door wide open and welcome inspiration on its own terms. I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a…

Don’t Watch Me Write!

Writing, from my perspective, is a solitary endeavor that takes place within the confines of my office. I have two windows that I can stare out of when I’m trying to figure something out or if I’m lost and need to clear my brain for a bit. I hope no one’s looking in. If they…

First Draft – Short, Sweet Celebration!

  Completing the first draft of a story is something to celebrate.  I forged ahead many times when it would be easier to “Select All”, “Delete,” and watch a Netflix movie.  Or go out with friends.  Or have a nap.  I created a beginning, middle, and end.  I did the “Yes!” cheer and gesture like…

Details – How Much is Too Much?

Details play a huge role in any story.  The reader learns who the main character is, where he/she came from, what happens, and finally, how it ends.  With the first sentence you write, the reader is provided with bits and pieces of information that draws them into the story. So how much detail do you…

Becoming a Heroine

The main character in the middle-grade mystery I’m writing doesn’t know it, yet, but she’s about to become a heroine.  Not right now, not exactly at the point of the story where I am, but she will be one when the story ends.  Right now, she’s just a “regular kid” having some adventures and finding…