Developing And Building Characters

One of my favorite parts when I begin a new novel is to create and name my characters, but what are the best ways to research characters that are memorable, yet realistic at the same time? In bygone times writers would sit and observe in a café, but these days most people don’t talk as … Continue reading Developing And Building Characters

Do Not Disturb ~ Writer At Work

There’s a huge difference between a distraction and a disturbance, and unless you are a writer you won’t appreciate the subtleties. Writers are often known for self-inposed and acceptable distractions, such as watching back to back episodes of a show for research purposes, but once the guilt kicks in, self-control does take over. Disturbances are … Continue reading Do Not Disturb ~ Writer At Work

The Differences Between A Writer And An Author

Once upon a time, the terms writer and author were interchangeable, but that was back in the days when a minority of the population could read and write. So what are the differences, and do they really matter? These days it does among certain circles, because some people claim you can only call yourself an … Continue reading The Differences Between A Writer And An Author

Why I Choose To Listen to John Cleese

I’ve neglected several of my blogs recently having been caught up in the ongoing drama of the US Presidential Election which has more plots and twists than Dallas, Eastenders, and Dynasty put together. They say a writer should always make time to read, yet while I love to read, often I am too tired when … Continue reading Why I Choose To Listen to John Cleese

Writing For An Audience Or For Creativity And Pleasure?

If you’ve read my other articles on this blog, then you’ll know I fall into the latter category (I derive pleasure from my creativity on most days), but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about my audience or rather readers because I do in terms of format and chapter headings. I joined HubPages a while … Continue reading Writing For An Audience Or For Creativity And Pleasure?

The Dilemmas Of Disengaging From Social Media

I have a love/hate relationships with my social media accounts—when I first had them, they were fun to interact with, but now there is pressure to share, and to gain likes and follows. I realize as a writer it’s important to gain an audience and promote, but there is a fine line when it takes … Continue reading The Dilemmas Of Disengaging From Social Media

Is is a Short Story, Novella, or Screenplay?

Most writers have several manuscripts they have begun (with great intentions), and either abandon or leave them until they feel more inspired. Currently I have about five or six manuscripts that are works in progress, a couple that need some heavy research, one has been lying dormant for a couple of decades, a few in … Continue reading Is is a Short Story, Novella, or Screenplay?