September 7th, 2016

Fortune Cookies and Seven Ways to Use Them in Your Writing

Today’s your lucky day!

I love fortune cookies. From cracking them open, to pulling out the slip of paper, to reading the fortune, to eating the sweet crunchy thing—I love everything about them. I always smile when I find saved fortunes (a recent “found” cache led to this post) whenever I go through an […]

August 3rd, 2016

Golden Lines from RWA 2016

Years ago, an instructor at the UCI Writing Project taught me how to identify the “golden lines” in a lesson, article, or book. Golden lines are the phrases, the ideas, the “takeaway” from whatever you’re learning in life. Since then, after I attend a class or workshop, I review my notes and handouts, marking the […]

July 29th, 2016

Writing a book takes HOW LONG NOW?

Kelly Harms

“But Kelly, why did you wait three years between books?”

Three. Long. Years.

That’s how long I went between publishing my first book, THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS OF SHIPWRECK LANE, and the one coming out now, THE MATCHMAKERS OF MINNOW BAY.

Not because my publisher jerked me around—they’ve been wonderful. Not because of […]

July 27th, 2016

You and the Writing Cave

Christina Delay

You’ve heard about it. You’ve been in it. You may have even gotten lost in it.

The writing cave. The mystical hole we decorate with junk food and tea and bury ourselves in to meet deadlines.

It’s comfortable. We have our favorite, overstuffed chair and a wash-worn blanket we cuddle in. A […]

July 25th, 2016

Managing Deadline Stress

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine Into Gold

While the writing life can be full of joy (We make our own hours! We’re doing what we love! We work by dreaming up new possibilities!), I think we can all agree that it is also full of scenarios that can suck us into whirlpools of stress. Many of […]