January 2nd, 2017
The start of a new year has most of us reflecting on the previous year and making grand plans for the coming year. I don’t make resolutions. To me, they’re empty wishes. I set goals. And each year, I think of one word that will guide me through the year and keep me on track […]
December 23rd, 2016
I do a lot of critiquing. As I get better at craft, I’m starting to catch the nuances of good writing; things beyond the basics of POV, show don’t tell, etc. They’re subtler and harder to spot, but I believe they can be the difference between a ‘good writer’ and a popular author. And […]
November 25th, 2016
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Okay, button up, because as they say in the vernacular of Texas, I’m fixin’ to gush all over you.
One of the big […]
October 7th, 2016
This is not that cabin
Autumn always makes me thankful. Maybe it’s because of Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because of a memory of a remote cabin in the middle exploding fall colors. Maybe it’s the reminder that I have more to be thankful for than most. I’m thankful for books. Because one saved my life.
September 23rd, 2016
Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right (click on the photo to check out this amazing book)
I just taught a class on Beginning Pages recently, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines.
Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line: