Write What You Know

Most of us have heard this advice and thought, “But what I know is boring,” or “What I know has already been written.” Here’s the thing. “Write what you know” is not about me writing a story about a woman who got pregnant at 17, married at 18, had some more kids, and divorced beforeContinue reading “Write What You Know”

#heebiejeebies

I write psychological thrillers. Recently, I found several hashtags that brought forth a wealth of information for my psyche obsession. If you, too, write about things that go bump in the dark, whether the bump is real or in the mind of your protagonist, I recommend spending a bit of time on Twitter.   HereContinue reading “#heebiejeebies”

Prepping for NaNoWriMo in 5 steps

It is almost time!!!! NaNo Warriors take your places at the keyboard. NaNoWriMo started in July 1999, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first year there were 21 participants. By 2012, there were over 300,000 participants. The numbers continue to grow as more writer nerds find their people and gather to celebrate the craftContinue reading “Prepping for NaNoWriMo in 5 steps”

100 x 100: Will you commit?

After telling a friend that I struggle to find time to write, we had the following conversation. HER: Do you send text messages? ME: Of course. HER: Write tweets? ME: You know I do. HER: How many in a day? ME: I know where you are going with this, but – HER: How many? ME:Continue reading “100 x 100: Will you commit?”

Learning the difference between feeling and emotion: Why “Show don’t tell” is not always good advice

When I was in school, my teachers wrote on my paper time and time again: “Your telling here. Show instead.” Or, “Show. Don’t tell.” Or, “How can you show this?” Over time I adopted the words, and I wrote on many a paper to many a student, “Show. Don’t tell,” without really explaining why. Here’sContinue reading “Learning the difference between feeling and emotion: Why “Show don’t tell” is not always good advice”