I’m privileged to belong to a kick-ass writing critique group. Several of our writers have been working on memoirs and personal essays. They inspired me to write this piece. Cardinal rule of photography – have something red in the picture to focus the eye. A little boy in a red sweater was running around in... Continue Reading →
Many of my readers are active in book clubs. One of those readers made the following request. “Tell me about book reviews and where they come from.” To that question I’m adding: “Does a book review make a difference in the sales of a book?” and “Who is Kirkus?” Let’s start with “Where do reviews... Continue Reading →
Most of my journeys from my home to anywhere, include driving on a highway. Be it the grocery store, the bank, into town for lunch or on my way to one of the beach cities on the Central Coast, I’m usually on 46 East, 46 West or the 101. There, I did it. A unique... Continue Reading →
The older man with gray hair and a rugged jeans jacket stood behind me in line at the grocery store. He had an envious selection of goods for 10 am on a Monday morning. Two quarts of ice cream, a bottle of wine and a large bag of mixed candy. When I commented that his... Continue Reading →
I’m sharing this from a site I follow called Purple Pants. Happy Poetry Day – a day late!
Writing is a vulnerable process. Pulling your guard down and decorating all your thoughts on a store window rack in just 26 alphabets.
So on this poetry day I sincerely wish for all of us to be strong enough to break down that wall, dress up its evaporating contents on a glossy paper and rebuild the structure again. Then repeat.
And in the end be strong enough today and everyday to do it all over again.
Happy Poetry Day everyone!
and much love,
These 5 questions will start you looking at a book as an author does. This list doesn’t summarize all that goes into writing a book, but then you aren’t writing a book. Coupled with the questions available at the resources available on-line, you should be up for a great discussion at your next book club!
Given today’s police shootings, nasty political discourse, and social movements: #metoo and Black Lives Matter, for example, I find myself wondering what happened to our heroes? Merriam-Webster defines a hero as: Mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability An illustrious warrior A person admired for achievements and noble qualities One who... Continue Reading →
Write what you know. Standard advice to writers. Learn from the books and movies you love. Its good advice because the narrative form you love is almost part of your DNA. You can’t help but write stories in the same vein. Today my DIYMFA Book Club writing prompt is a question. What is my favorite... Continue Reading →
Today’s DIYMFA Book Club prompt is about being pointed toward a juicy writing project that I embraced or avoided because of fear.I certainly steered clear of writing itself as a career because of fear. So, in a way, I avoided ALL writing. Eventually my compulsive need to write things out – usually in long hand... Continue Reading →