A Very Austen Christmas · Robin Helm · The Writing Life

Beautiful like Lucifer

His was an impossibly beautiful face. With golden hair, a manly chin, and ice-blue eyes, he was like a Greek god in the flesh. A prince who stepped out of a storybook. And he was altogether charming -- oh, he was. She too was lovely, and smart, and very talented. He singled her out to… Continue reading Beautiful like Lucifer

Darcy By Any Other Name · The Writing Life

A book’s success is like surfing

I've released a new book, and the process kind of reminds me of surfing. Okay, body surfing. I was never brave enough--or coordinated enough!--to try it with a board. Tanning on the beach? Forget that. Why lie in the sun when you can spend the afternoon catching waves? Many summer days at Santa Monica and… Continue reading A book’s success is like surfing

An Encouraging Word · Emma Coats · NaNoWriMo · Pixar Inspiration · Productivity Tips · The Writing Life

Got NaNo Writer’s Block? Welcome to the club!

I signed up for NaNo out of desperation. Yes, many of my writing friends were doing it, but for me it was a matter of survival. (I would say it was "write-or-die," but having almost done that this last spring, I kind of can't use the expression anymore.) I have no time, no time for… Continue reading Got NaNo Writer’s Block? Welcome to the club!

Colleen Hoover · David Bales · NaNoWriMo · Ted Orland · The Writing Life

Quit and then Start Again

I found this today on Facebook (posted by the author) and I shared it in several writers' groups. And then I realized that you might like it too. Stopping and then starting again have become a way of life for me: It's an everyday battle, not only with writing but with so many important things.… Continue reading Quit and then Start Again

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Author Business · Book Love · Book Production Stuff · Robert A Heinlein · The Writing Life · Think like a businessman

Day 25: Specialization is for insects

What Robert A. Heinlein said: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch… Continue reading Day 25: Specialization is for insects

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · The Writing Life

Day 13: Leaving the Safe Zone

Crit groups and beta readers represent the deep end of the pool. While I have never been a part of a "formal" crit group, from the very beginning my writing has "gone live" on-line. Having my chapters exposed (to a select group--never to my students! Or in an "open" forum!) has kept me on my… Continue reading Day 13: Leaving the Safe Zone

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Productivity Tips · The Writing Life · Write Already!

Day 7: The Slough of Writerly Despond

Writer's block happens. One day I will be zipping along, with ideas and words flowing. And on the next it's like I'm Christian in the Slough of Despond, mired in the mud and stuck. What? Sometimes the cause is a life block. There isn't much you can do when you are overwhelmed by sickness (as… Continue reading Day 7: The Slough of Writerly Despond

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Productivity Tips · The Writing Life

Day 6: My writing process

So you want to know about my writing process? Today's prompt says that you do. So here goes. I am a rewriter. This sorry truth means that I must rework everything I write. Everything! Emails, Facebook posts, chapters in my novel, and most certainly this blog article. Because I do this, it takes a long… Continue reading Day 6: My writing process

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · In Real Life · Teaching's in my DNA · The Writing Life

Day 3: Those that can, do. And we teach, too.

Why do I never take on a beginner's project? Always I must dive in with complicated instead of easy! Crazy, isn't it? I have no one but myself to blame. What was true with counted cross stitch is just as true with writing. My debut fiction project was not a simple story, but a mammoth… Continue reading Day 3: Those that can, do. And we teach, too.

Baby Steps · Cover Design · Darcy By Any Other Name · Lessons from my sons · The Writing Life

Little steps add up

I saw my middle son off to school today. This time there were no tears because, well, he is 27. As I write this he is eating breakfast with students in his cohort and listening to orientation speeches. Heady stuff. Almost two years ago I watched him start out along this newfound path. He stepped… Continue reading Little steps add up