Category: writing

Behind “The Process”: Dealing with Interruptions

Writing is a lot of fun. But, for many, it requires a little warming up, though that’s not what this post is about. (I’ve previously written about that, if you’re interested.) The most frustrating thing that can happen while writing, for me, anyway, is… Continue Reading “Behind “The Process”: Dealing with Interruptions”

Behind “The Process”: Vary Your Sentences (blah-blah-blah…)

Vary your sentences. Writing teachers say it a lot, but without some explanation, the advice can fall flat, so… What do they mean, “Vary your sentences”? Well, there are lots of different ways to construct sentences, right? Whether or not you have a love… Continue Reading “Behind “The Process”: Vary Your Sentences (blah-blah-blah…)”

Behind “The Process”: Leave Breadcrumbs, Yo! (Making Big Revisions)

Making big changes to your fiction can be scary. But it doesn’t have to be…

Behind “The Process” Quickie: The Simplest Trick to Writing Believable Characters

Wanna hear one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received for writing fiction? If you’re characters aren’t authentic, your story will be flat. The best way to write authentic characters? When presented with a difficult situation in real life, almost everyone will… Continue Reading “Behind “The Process” Quickie: The Simplest Trick to Writing Believable Characters”

I Wish They Had Women’s MMA When My Grandma Was Young (And Other Stuff)

I used to work with a guy when I lived in Florida. I said hi to this guy every morning. We weren’t friends per se, but, as fans of Ron Swanson might say: The first time I said hi, he did a little nod… Continue Reading “I Wish They Had Women’s MMA When My Grandma Was Young (And Other Stuff)”