UnBlock Us!

I’ve done some thinking recently about writer’s block, the self-inflicted wound that almost all wordsmiths endure at least once in our careers. So much has been written about the subject that it almost seems presumptuous to add anything more. Indeed a Writer’s Block cottage industry has sprung up, complete with books, audio tapes, even counselors who specialize in the phenomenon. Nonetheless, I’ll throw in a few more paragraphs in the hopes that they might be of help to anyone battling the wretched affliction. For, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that there can never be too… Continue reading

First Novels – Do you know these?

I thought it would be fun to try a new challenge for a new month. The names should all be familiar – they are current or influential mystery writers. These authors also cross genres in some instances but I have tried to keep this to authors who write a lot or mostly mysteries. Do you know what their first novel was? Again, I don’t really have a score for this but there are 14 of them and I’ll be curious how many you know or can reason out. Please post your score if you’d like.

As I was working… Continue reading

I Do, You Do, or She Does?

What to do with Point of View? Every story has a Point of View (POV), so that the reader knows who is telling the story, protagonist or narrator, and how they’re telling it.

Sounds like an easy decision, but it’s not. How do you know which POV works best for your story?

readingI struggled for a while with that decision. Once I figured out the difference between POVs, I tried to decide which would be the easiest to write. Then I worried about which POV the reader would prefer… Continue reading