I think I’ve got it! By George, I think I’ve got it…well, at least some of it.

With due respect to Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle of My Fair Lady and Pygmalion fame, I’ve figured out how to get published as a writer: GET BETTER! “Well, duh-h-h!” I hear you blurt, as if I had made Continue reading I think I’ve got it! By George, I think I’ve got it…well, at least some of it.

Deconstructing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

I rarely read bestsellers for many reasons. Mainly, I’m a slow adopter of new anything: technology, popular culture, political issues, new cars, new drugs, etc. But since Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is in my current writing genre, mystery/thriller/suspense, and had Continue reading Deconstructing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Eva Cassidy would have been a great writer … even though she was a singer.

All art forms are connected. Creativity is the common denominator. Good art has good structure. Great art has either great structure or unique (new or groundbreaking) structure. Whether the art is visual, audio, written, spoken, tactile, or imagined, it has Continue reading Eva Cassidy would have been a great writer … even though she was a singer.

How to sort through the top ten lists of five easy ways to determine the three best strategies for a successful you in 2013.

As 2013 begins, I realize I am suffering from sensory overload. I blame the internet. Possibly the most wonderful, useful, time-saving, inspirational tool I’ll see in my lifetime, the dark side of the internet is the conundrum of having too Continue reading How to sort through the top ten lists of five easy ways to determine the three best strategies for a successful you in 2013.

Six things I learned from my first National Novel Writing Month participation

It’s not hard to write 2000+ words a day. When I’m really rolling, I wrote that much in a few hours–maybe three. Having a self-imposed deadline made it easier to write. Reaching that concrete goal gave me added pressure but increased my motivation. Continue reading Six things I learned from my first National Novel Writing Month participation

Do you feel like this by the end of NaNoWriMo?

Fortunately, I didn’t. But I did get this for my efforts this month: Woohoo. I’m one for one in National Novel Writing Month success. 50,000 words in thirty days. (“Twenty-nine, actually,” he boasted.) The only problem–I’m nowhere near done with Continue reading Do you feel like this by the end of NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo Update–week 3

I’m at 33,177 words, slightly behind, but still confident. Thanksgiving makes it tough to write, especially when I’m the cook and spend all day in the kitchen. Plus, house guests for the weekend make it tough to find time to Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update–week 3

NaNoWriMo Update- week two

I’m behind, and I know it, and I won’t get caught up for three days at least, maybe a week, but I will write 50,000 words in November! I just finished 22,682 a few minutes ago, and if you let Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update- week two

NaNoWriMo Update

15,347 words as of Nov. 9. I’m 344 words ahead of pace! I’m on track to finish and feeling good. I have to say that plotting before writing ROCKS! I can’t say enough for planning out a story before actually Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update

NANOWRIMO Update and a humorous diversion

Day One of NANOWRIMO: So far, so good. I wrote 1735 words today in about 3 hours. I fiddled around with trying to format a Word document for almost an hour, so writing that many words in about two hours is Continue reading NANOWRIMO Update and a humorous diversion