So what does a writer do when her rough draft is in limbo and she’s waiting through its four-week resting period before attacking it again? To some extent this is my dilemma just now. I’ve been working on a list of things. Things that have sat waiting for over a year, some of them, while […]
(Did you enter the giveaway for The Loyalist’s Wife yet? Click here and do it!) Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men happy writers? My most favorite musical of all time is, up to now, Les Miserables, and this song just came into my head as I thought about my […]
Writers have to be prepared to think in terms of the long game. First of all there’s the decision of actually becoming a writer and that’s often a hard one. Toughest for me was deciding long after I’d been writing my first novel for months that I really could be called a writer. An author? […]
Are you an organized writer? Or do you just hope that article gets done, that blog gets written, those edits do themselves? My creative process is often at odds with my organizing angel who sprawls on my right shoulder prodding me to make a list. Sometimes I do. Other times I just know what the […]
I’ve just watched a movie clip of my grandson lip-syncing and doing the living room dance to a song from Frozen, “Let it Go.” In the background I could see and hear the movie on TV and in the foreground our six-year-old gave it everything he had. He even ended up on the floor in […]
NOTE: Last fall for the launch of The Loyalist’s Luck I guest posted on a number of sites through the Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour. Today’s post is an updated version of one of those posts. Suddenly voices sounded ahead of him and he clenched his weapon. Not fifty feet away a tall red-jacketed officer […]
The phone keeps ringing, there’s a nagging pain in my side (misplaced appendix?), and feet and hammers are pounding on my roof just above my head. How is a writer to concentrate???