What Comes After THE END?

The End courtesy of Oliver Hammond.

A couple of weeks ago I reached an exciting achievement. I was able to type two of the most beautiful words in the English language to a writer: THE END. I finally finished a story that had lay abandoned for … Continue reading

Writers Who Write the Ordinary Woman Extraordinarily

I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl Cleage

This month our theme is writer crushes. The truth is that I don’t have a bonafide writer crush. Not in the sense of there being a single writer whose work I inhale, faster than she can write the words. Instead, … Continue reading

Character Profiles and Hemingway’s Iceberg Theory

Photo courtesy of Reno Tahoe.

I’m about 12,000 words into the first book of my new series and I feel like I’ve hit a wall. Fortunately, I know exactly why. It isn’t because I’ve lost interest in the story, or because there isn’t enough conflict … Continue reading

Increasing Daily Word Count

Yes, that's being being chased through cubicles by the monster known as introversion.

As I’ve said in a previous post, I don’t discuss my work in progress. So I was a little stumped about what to write for this month’s topic, What I’m Working On. Then in an exchange of emails with Reese … Continue reading

Creating a New Small Town Series — @ReeseRyanWrites

Wrightsville Beach Panorama. Photo courtesy of Brian Leon. Some rights reserved.

Usually, when the monthly email arrives with the topic of the month, I hem and haw, wondering how to best approach the topic. This time, I actually squealed with glee. I get to kick off the Contemporary Romance Cafe topic … Continue reading

What I’m Reading: The Holiday Edition — @ReeseRyanWrites

Hot Christmas Nights Cover

Recently the idea for a friends-to-lovers story that centers around New Year’s popped in my head. It was too late to pursue the novella for this year’s holiday season, but I’ll have a great headstart on next season. (Assuming I … Continue reading

My Quest to Tame the Monkey Mind and Find Focus

Tried to Be Good Shirt available on eBay.

Last week our resident authors and guests shared stories of inspiration. We talked about what inspires us to write; how we find inspiration for stories in general and what prompted us to write specific stories. Many of us confessed in … Continue reading

Publication is a Journey, Not a Destination

Happiness is a Journey, Not a Destination

I remember the first time I saw one of those bumper stickers that proclaimed: Happiness is a journey, not a destination. I thought it was kind of hippy trippy, but then again, at my core, so was I. Though I … Continue reading

Finding My Own Way as a Writer

Chaos inside by Hartwig HKD

Our blog theme for the month is the worst writing advice I ever received. Maybe I’ve been lucky; but I can’t think of any truly terrible advice I’ve been given. I had a critique partner who frequently suggested that I lengthen my … Continue reading