The Best Writing Tips/Advice Ever!

One of the Facebook groups I belong to asked members to comment on the best writing advice they ever received. I want to share these tips with you. 🙂 To free write or journal often to help discover and hone my voice. Block off time to write and write something every day, even when you … Continue reading The Best Writing Tips/Advice Ever!

Seduced by Second-Person Point of View

The first time I dipped my toes in this intimate and imperative style was while reading "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. Oh, and prior to that time was when my mom read "The Monster at the End of This Book" told by lovable Grover. In my high school honors class, I remember reading another second-person … Continue reading Seduced by Second-Person Point of View

Super Face Recognition: Have We Met Before?

In a previous post, I shared my experience as a teacher with hyperphantasia and coming to the realization that not all people have the ability to create mental images, after one of my students shared with me that he couldn't picture images in his mind. Curious, I wondered if there was a reason or diagnosis … Continue reading Super Face Recognition: Have We Met Before?

The Query’s the Thing!

In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the main character of the eponymous title states “the play’s the thing” in order to bring to light the truth about his father’s murder. Well, the query’s the thing for writers to grab the attention of an editor or agent! When querying, the first few pages are key! Writers often … Continue reading The Query’s the Thing!

Polish Your Manuscript!

Molli Nickell, The Query Wizard, invites writers to celebrate spring as they polish their manuscripts and submission documents (query, synopsis, first pages) until they glow in the dark. The quest to become published took some major left and right turns this past year with the advent of email delivered query submission letters that include synopsis … Continue reading Polish Your Manuscript!

Priceless Lessons From Rejection

So, I've been wondering what it would be like to write incredibly short stories and how it could possibly help me to become a better writer. And believe it or not, rejection, which is often perceived as a negative thing has been one of the best events that has happened to me as a writer. … Continue reading Priceless Lessons From Rejection

Murdering Your Darlings Is Not Enough

     According to Rob Parnell, (, “Murder your darlings” was a phrase first coined by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (or Fitzgerald or Faulkner or Nabakov or even Stephen King, depending on who you believe). I once saw this phrase in sticker form years ago on a fellow writer’s binder. She was a delightful young lady with … Continue reading Murdering Your Darlings Is Not Enough