Music to help you Write Better?

Music is something that plenty of us enjoy. Many authors write with music and many consider it noise. Personally I sway both ways. There are times where I imagine a scene like a movie and want the background music to help me. Here's how: Setting the Tone I find this especially for somber or sad [...]

Why an extended break from writing is a bad idea

Breaks. Since the start of this month I've kind of slacked off writing. I barely did any writing. I mean zilch. I sent the edits and thought I deserved a break, but I regret it. It all started with the one year death anniversary of my dad. I told myself I would write later. Then came [...]

What I learned from working with four different editors?

Four editors. I've worked with four of them this year for different publishing houses.  You all know that CINDERS OF CASTLEREA, UNDER A SCOTTISH SKY & THE MILANESE STARS are currently undergoing various stages of editing. And I have to say that finding the right editor is gold. The right editor can really make your [...]

Happy Pub Day!

Happy Pub Day to me! Ten Reminders for the Single Christian Woman is out in ebook and print.  Yay. As part of our celebrations all week I will  be doing giveaways and guest posts on other sites. If you're aware of a Christian single woman or part of a singles ministry and would love this [...]

Sick-of-your-own-story Syndrome

Are you sick of your own story? It's the bane of writers. You know how it goes. You receive a rejection and you rework the manuscript. Another beta reader suggests something and then you do another edit. An editor kindly looks at the work and another thorough edit follows. If and when the work gets [...]

The Power of the Written Word

  From Shakespeare to Kafka, Plato to Sigmund Freud, Thomas Aquinas  to Yeats, the written word has had the power to change the world. And change the world they did with their wonderful work.  All through a few hundred or thousand choice words. As writers, it's easy to dismiss ourselves as insignificant. It's easy to [...]