Following My Character Down the Rabbit Hole

Today I’m guest blogging with 2012 RWA Golden Heart finalist Terri Osburn at Romance Writer’s Revenge. I talk about why I had to delete the entire first draft of “Song for Sophia” and start over. Find out why I spent months researching calculus and psychological disorders and emerged with an unconventional manuscript which finaled in the RWA Golden Heart contest. […]

How I Learned to Write Like a Man

Does anyone else think it’s ironic that a bunch of women write in male point-of-view? Granted, ninety-something percent of romance readers are women, so we probably get away with it. Sometimes. Yes, I know there are men in existence who are in touch with their feelings, who aren’t afraid to talk about relationships and are […]

Start Writing Your Book! Method 2: Outline the Plot

Do you have a story churning in your head, and it wants out?  Does it play in your imagination like a movie?  Then you might be a plotter.  Or a screenplay writer.  Either way, you’ll need an outline. Or, if you have characters talking in your head, you could be A) schizophrenic, B) a writer who should start […]

Death by Editing: Why Writers Turn Neurotic

Do you know how many times I’ve edited my book?  Not enough.  It’s never enough. I edit as I write, and edit twice more before sending it to my critique group, then edit each time I get feedback from a member – all the while going over it again myself and revising.  I scour every […]

Start Writing Your Book! Method 1: Character Sketches

So, you want to write.  Have a cool idea rattling around in the back of your mind, keeping you up at night?  Trying to start the next book in your series, or is this your first?  Either way, you’re surfing the internet instead of writing, so you’re not sure how to get started, right? Writers are often asked where they […]