I might spend too much time talking about how hard writing is, and not enough time talking about how much joy it gives. Lately, however, I seem to see on Facebook things like, “I want to write a novel. Can someone tell me how to create characters?” or “I’m about to start a novel.… Read More


  I’ve mentioned this topic before, but in the abstract. I’m going to be a little more personal this time. When I first introduce a character, even a minor character, I try to think of one, or at the most two things about their appearance that can convey to the reader what I think is… Read More


It’s funny – I don’t like his books, but boy, does he have a clear eye and good advice for writers: Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read    … Read More


Below is what I like to think of as my Editor’s Prayer ~ There are so many ways that an author can blow it, even the best authors, never mind me. But since you don’t want to sit here counting the ways, I’m only going to talk about one – putting too many details in… Read More