Writing Wednesdays

Writing Wednesdays: Crafty inspiration!

Selection of writing craft books

I put together a workshop recently, and in doing so, I pulled (and culled) some of my craft books.  Today, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites for crafty inspiration! All are great for different reasons, but if you’re new to writing, I suggest reading Goal, Motivation, Conflict (though it’s also great if… Read more »

Writers’ Corner: Do your research

"RESEARCH" written in Scrabble tiles

It’s Halloween, so today’s blog is a short and sweet one. Originally, I had a much longer plan to write about characters, but then I stumbled across something that got my back up in a book I’m reading … and it sparked the need for a Don’t Do This post. What did I see? Well,… Read more »

Scenes, Sequels, Causes, and Effects

Story Telling Graphic

Therefore…she found the treasure! But … she forgot to draw the map!  I’ve been on a craft kick lately, as in I’ve been attending a lot of workshops, watching a lot of videos, reading books on craft, etc. Partly because I’m actually writing some short books on various aspects of craft (yeah, you’ll hear more… Read more »

J. Kenner on writing erotic romance

I wrote this article for the Romance Festival, and I thought I would share it here!  Enjoy!   J Kenner: Why I Love Writing Erotic Romance #Romance14   I’ve been writing sexy romance novels since the beginning of my career, mixed in with women’s fiction, urban fantasy, and all sorts of other things! But it wasn’t… Read more »

The "Supreme" Key to Creating Characters

This post continues where Monday’s post (From Supreme Ruler of the Universe to Girl Next Door: How to Write Believable Characters) left off. You, as the supreme ruler of your story, have given your character a goal. Excellent. And your goal as a writer is to create a well-paced story that has compelling characters and… Read more »

Indiana Jones and the First Rule of Writing Fiction

As in life, first impressions are everything in writing fiction, and writers can learn a lot from the classic, stellar film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. That movie is, frankly, a wellspring of examples of great story-telling. Right now, I’m focusing on only one. First impressions Who is Indiana Jones? Well, he’s the hero of… Read more »

Today's Tip: Quick Trick for Writing Fast

I posted the other day about time management, and one of the reasons that managing your time is so important is so that you can put chunks of time into a “savings account” during which you can do your work. For me, this means being efficient at the house and school stuff so that I… Read more »

Legal Tips for Writers

I’m sick, my kid is sick, my other kid is getting sick…. And so I thought what better time to recycle an old article? Especially since I’m going to start posting periodic Writer Wednesday blogs with random writing tips (not to be confused with my eldest daughter’s recent cry of “Random People Being Beat Up… Read more »