Act One: Elements of Story

The latest WINE AND WRITING WISDOM video is now available and it’s one you don’t want to miss. We continue the discussion on the importance of recognizing and applying structural elements into our writing. We explore the set up, the inciting incident and the doorway of no return. If you enjoy the video, leave me […]

Animals With Issues: An interview with author Bill Runyan

So you think you have problems? Maybe you’re schizophrenic, manic depressive or suicidal. Perhaps you just lack the motivation to floss as often as you should. Okay, we’ve all got problems, but the animals in this collection of short stories really have problems. In fact, you could say they have issues. They cope with rejection, […]

Writing Prompt: Characterization featuring Micah and Ima

I took a much needed break in order to finish a couple writing projects.  I was also overwhelmed by the increased demands placed on the mother of a new middle-schooler.  Dag!  Am I smarter than a 6th grader? I’m celebrating my return to blogging with a response to WRITING PROMPT #59 found in THE WRITER […]

The Daphne is Open!

Let the prestigious Daphne Award take your writing career to the next level. Does the changing industry have you flummoxed? You’re not alone. But while you’re scratching your noggin, and wondering what step to take next in your writing career, there’s still one organization and contest that stands firmly behind the author’s writing–that adds a level of prestige […]

NaNoWriMo Day 7

NaNoWriMo Day 7 word count: 1929 which brings my total to 11,644! So we are one week into this process and the manuscript is progressing. The reason I participate in this challenge every year is because it is one of the few times I give myself permission to just write. There’s no editing involved, no […]