How to put together a writing bucket list

This is a just a morbid thing for me to write about but, hey, I've reported on mayhem so I can deal. I have a writing bucket list. Yes, a list of things I want to write before I kick the bucket. This thought comes after hearing several of my favorite writers express the same … Continue reading How to put together a writing bucket list

The NaNoWriMo prep. Yes, it’s that time of year

Oh, it's October and it's getting closer to Halloween and the temperatures are getting cooler. (Unless you live in Louisiana. In that case it's still summer.) For most writers, that means it's time to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Don't know what that is? Where have you been! This is the superbowl for writers...kinda...well, it … Continue reading The NaNoWriMo prep. Yes, it’s that time of year

The Writing Life: Embrace the Choice

I've been thinking a lot about choice lately. Not about the choices in my life specifically but about the power of making decisions. I believe it speaks to the core of our humanity, the ability to make a choice and change your life, even if it's something small. For me, my choice comes with a … Continue reading The Writing Life: Embrace the Choice

Every writer needs a community

This past weekend, I did something I haven't done in a long time. I went to a meeting of writers. Shreveport has a writing club and in all the years I've lived here, I've never once dropped by to even say hello. Last Saturday I did because I was done writing in a vacuum. And … Continue reading Every writer needs a community

The 4 Step Revision Master Plan

This happens more often to me than I'd like to admit. After <insert whatever length of time> I am done with the first draft something I get so excited. I call up friends, I blast it on social media, I pop open a good bottle of wine. Then I realize I'm no where near finished. … Continue reading The 4 Step Revision Master Plan

Everyone has a story. Tell it.

Eva Piper will be the first person to tell you that she isn't a writer. She will say that she's simply telling her story, one of overcoming challenges and holding fast to faith. The story has inspired people through their own dark times, a goal Eva says she's always had for her book. I had … Continue reading Everyone has a story. Tell it.

How to create awesome characters

  As I went through some of my files from the old blog, I completely forgot about this video! How to create awesome characters was a webinar I did when a couple of writer friends asked me how I approach creating characters. I taught part of this during one of my creative writing classes and my … Continue reading How to create awesome characters

On Assignment: Eva Piper

  I love talking to fellow writers. It's really a joy to talk to shop, it's probably the nerd in me. So when I saw on my Twitter account that Eva Piper would be making a stop in Shreveport, I obviously wanted to interview her. She's the author of A Walk Through the Dark: How … Continue reading On Assignment: Eva Piper

How to write a book in one easy step

One of my friends is writing a book. I know a thing or two about that.  Written a couple myself. I write books like some buy new outfits.  So, I wanted very much to be the first reader/editor to her book. She started with gusto, an excitement that placed a grin on her face. Then … Continue reading How to write a book in one easy step

Out with the old, in with the not done yet

My mom has this theory. If you never get rid of anything old, there would never be any room for anything new. I didn't believe her until now. Those dichos from the old country, those nuggets of wisdom, they get lost in the translation between here and there. I've out grown my blog and I'm … Continue reading Out with the old, in with the not done yet