Long Distance or Up Close and Personal

Long Distance or Up Close and Personal

So for the writers out there I have a question. Is it easier to write about a problem that you are in the middle of because you still feel the intensity of the suffering? Or is it easier for you to write about it once you are out of the intensity? Does being away from...
Guidance or Burning

Guidance or Burning

I have this novel I have worked on for years. I have completely gutted it and rewrote it at least six times. The novel mattered to me. I cared about it. It owned my heart. I was willing to pay any price to get it right. I rewrote that thing until I couldn’t look at it...
Transforming Writing Into Play

Transforming Writing Into Play

In the 2014 Winter Olympics, there was a lot of talk about the athletes and their performances. Some of the athletes who traveled to Russia to play had sterling reputations because of their past performances. In the world of sports, they have been considered...
Long Distance or Up Close and Personal

Spiral Manuscripts Technique

I am a busy woman. I have kids. I have writing contracts, a boyfriend, a house to run, and oh yeah, a pain in the butt X,  and on top of all this, I decided to go back to school.  So seizing the moment, any spare moment, to write is a must in my life. Out of this...
The “Oh, Shit,” Writing Life

The “Oh, Shit,” Writing Life

My publisher approached me saying they wanted to publish me, but the only catch was that I had to give them three books a year. “No, problem,” I said. After hanging up the phone the “oh, shit” feeling came. I have manuscripts in the drawers. That would work. I dug...