Five tips to increase suspense in your writing

  One of the things writers struggle with in their stories is how to build suspense. The definition of suspense is a mental uncertainty, a pleasant excitement to a decision or outcome (Thank you, Merriam-Webster).   So,  how does one go about creating suspense? I will list several methods for your consideration. The unreliable narrator. …

The Answers Lie Within, part 1: Untangling an Ending

Art Credit: Highgate YYoga Sign Artist JPYMAI; photo by me Six weeks ago, for this week’s post I planned to talk about something I was doing to keep me productive and hold myself accountable: wordcount tracking, and the Excel spreadsheet I threw together that would keep a running tally. I’d just started, so I thought …

Leading the Horse

J. K. Rowling is not shy about expressing her political views publicly. One pleasant side effect at having earned over a billion dollars from one’s art is having no fear of speaking one’s mind. In a twitter exchange near the beginning of the year, one of her followers angrily denounced Rowling’s attack on the immigration …

First, Do No Harm

  In case you’ve been otherwise occupied, there’s a long-overdue conversation of sorts taking place in the writing world about the lack of diversity in books, among published authors, and in publishing houses. #WeNeedDiverseBooks, #blackgirlsread, #browngirlsread, and anything by Justine Ireland and Angie Thomas are all good starting points. Honestly, I’ve written, then tossed, some …

Seek Help. I Did.

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you may know that a few weeks ago I was having a very rough time. Like a very many of us I suffer from anxiety and depression, and it had me in its grip so tight, I thought it might squeeze the life out of me. …

Handing the Reins to Jean Rabe!

Today Jean Rabe is here to write about her journey to a million words. No, it’s not a million words long, she’s had just that many books and articles written. And a new book, the second in the Piper Blackwell series, The Dead of Night, will be out September 15th. I’ve read it and it’s wonderful! Enjoy! …

Savor the Moment

It’s not like this hasn’t been said before, but writing is hard work. Some days, it can be a slog. I’m not going to try and refute that here, or try and put any kind of spin on it to make it seem otherwise. Writing is hard work. But there are times… And, if you’re …

Stream-of-consciousness: Writing exercise or therapy?

When I was in high school, we suffered through, ahem, read James Joyce’s Ulysses. I said in class that I felt like if I read it with one eye shut, it began to make a certain amount of sense. Which, surprisingly, excited my teacher no end, because, she said, that was exactly the point! What? …

Know thyself

Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying the last dregs of summer. This time of year is hard for me, productivity-wise. I think I have extra time, as family commitments decrease and the days are longer, but in reality, I love to sit and think about what to write, but don’t actually get around to …

Changing it Up

Unless you’ve been able to successfully create a writing routine and habits to support it, focus and productivity can be a challenge. (For me, at least, but I know I’m not alone here.) Even very valid reasons can turn into excuses for not getting anything done. Yet when the golden moment comes where time is …