MacGuffins

I recently learned a new word: MacGuffin.  To my writer friends: I know, I'm possibly the last writer to learn this word.  To everyone else, allow me to explain something I just learned about myself: A MacGuffin is something that moves the plot along, but by itself is not really important (or can be substituted … Continue reading MacGuffins

Writer problems 

As writers, we encounter a lot of problems.  Probably the most talked about problem is when people ask us if we're still writing (which, I guess is a good conversation starter, but is kind of frustrating because the emphasis is usually on "still"). :p But there are lots of other ones like: #1. Fearing and … Continue reading Writer problems 

All Hallows’ Eve…of NaNoWriMo

Today, people will dress up in all kinds of costumes and go to parties and/or get free candy.  But writers... Well, writers embarking on the adventure known as NaNoWriMo will eye the clock, fingers will be poised over keyboards or over a well-loved notebook, waiting - Waiting for that month that embodies both a writer's … Continue reading All Hallows’ Eve…of NaNoWriMo

Verbal Diarrhea – on dialogue

On writing dialogue I hear it in my writers' group often - there is a fear among many writers of failing at dialogue. And it's a valid fear. The worst thing, as a reader, is to come across something on the page that pulls you out of the moment (or worse, the story).  And dialogue, that tricky … Continue reading Verbal Diarrhea – on dialogue

Agent Queries…

I did it.  I participated in the pitch slam this summer and got good feedback - including requests for the first 50 pages of my novel and a request for the whole thing. <Gasp!> I, of course, freaked out and spent the last month re-ediitng...but hey, that's how we writers work, isn't it? But tonight....tonight, … Continue reading Agent Queries…

Adding Flavor

On adding flavor to your short stories and novels I love to cook, pulling the spices together to season things just right and adding some wine...and a little more wine, hmmm maybe a little more wine...until everything tastes delicious. There are a few strange cases of people who don't care about flavor and for whom … Continue reading Adding Flavor

Characters and the writers who torment them

As writers, we do terrible things to our characters over the course of short stories and novels - we throw obstacles in their paths, send them after serial killers, break their hearts, introduce them to their arch-nemesis, strand them in foreign lands, and make them flirt with disaster. Often when I'm in the middle of a story and … Continue reading Characters and the writers who torment them

A to Z – Z!!! (WR)

It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators. Z is for Zoological  Okay, work with me on this one.  Z is for zoological, which I am using to discuss how/when authors give human traits to animals in books/tv/film...and … Continue reading A to Z – Z!!! (WR)