Meeting Deadlines

Meeting Deadlines

Sometimes I think I write better when I am facing a deadline. When Whitaker House told me they had agreed to my latest idea, a book on Lydia, they had to give me a shorter time to write in order to fit it into their schedule. Back in October it didn’t seem like a...
Fodder for a Story

Fodder for a Story

In all my books I have been able to incorporate real life people and situations I’ve come across. A friend’s mother was in a wheelchair many years ago, paralyzed on one side due to a stroke and having to speak with difficulty out of the side of her mouth.  In one of...

Critique Groups, join one?

A reader has asked me about critique groups again. Since 1978, I have belonged to a writer’s critique group. The first one included Dr. Sherwood (Woody) Wirt, the founder of our San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild. Woody was the editor of Decision magazine...

Writing A Book

Someone came up to me recently and mentioned they had been wanting to write a book.  I asked them the subject of the book and they weren’t sure.  They just thought it would be great to write a book.  Sometimes well-meaning would-be writers have no idea of the blood,...

Staging your character’s actions

As we move our characters around in the story, describing what they are doing and feeling, care needs to be taken not to try to over-emphasize their actions.  Leave it to the reader to see in their mind what the character is doing by just a few clues. If your...