A number of years ago I attended the Amelia Island Book Festival and jotted notes from one of the better writing sessions. The question at the top of my notes was this:WHAT MAKES A STRONG OPENING?Below were six bullet points—the opening...―
A proper writer should have a set of query letters available at all times. I'm working on it. I tried to draft a letter, but I kept having to start over. What approach would you take? ∙ Drafting a Query Letter: ∙ 1. Dear Sir, Ma'am ...―
Being a writer is easy. All you have to do is show zero inclination to get a real job, make sarcastic and/or pretentious comments every half hour, and drink a lot. People will believe you. ∙ The act of writing is another kettle of fish....―
There’s always something new to learn about the craft of writing. Last week I encountered the word phatism while reading a blog by John Yeoman. I looked it up in the dictionary but couldn’t find it—not even in the urban slang...―
I’ve read a lot of lists of rules for mystery writers. Everyone wants to tell us what to do, but I’ve discovered by reading through these lists that large swathes of them are either misguided or simply false. So this is my set of ...―
I’m writing my fourth manuscript, and I have completed my first act on page 70. But I’m making the same mistakes as I have in previous manuscripts. It’s easy to do. I’ll tell you how and why so you avoid doing the same ...―
In January, I wrote a blog with the same title.In that blog, I pointed out that animal cruelty is an indicator of future violence and many killers start out by killing animals. Few writers have taken advantage of that correlation. But I’m ...―
Today's guest blogger on Salad Bowl Saturdays is Marilyn Larew. As with many of us, she came to writing fiction after a career of writing non-fiction. She shares with us four things she needed to unlearn in order to write fiction. ∙ ~ Jim...―
You may know that people learn in different ways but did you know that they also “experience” reading a story in different ways based on their preferred learning style? These different styles guide the way we internally represent...―
I found the answer to a question that popped up several years ago. The basic argument was this: If male authors outsell women authors, then women authors should mask their sex and write like men. In the virtual world it’s easy to mask sex by...―
Putting together an outfit that commands a double take is a trick only fashion bloggers can pull off. If you think you’ve got style and you love showing it to the world, you ought to start a fashion blog. Well,…Read more ›The ...―
Currently around a half of organizations ranging in size from SMEs to large multinationals ...
∙ One of the few things I consider when buying a frock is the print. Growing up, I ...
My first thought when I saw the topic for this weeks Photo Challenge: Curves was the ...