This Writer’s Revenge

books, mysteryI wrote my first story, a murder mystery, when I was about ten years old. I know I was influenced by my mother’s love of mysteries. She’d take me to the library every week and we’d go to the area of the stacks where all the book bindings had a yellow sticker with a Sherlock Holmes type imprint. I loved walking along the cool, dim rows between bookshelves reading titles that evoked bloody images. I know, sick, huh?

The other person who influenced that first story was my brother… Continue reading

National Novel Writing Month

In a little over a week, NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month, will begin. The goal of this one-month writing marathon is to write 50,000 words, hopefully a rough draft of your next novel. If you break that down to days, it comes to about 1,666 words.

When I first contemplated taking the challenge, those numbers gave me pause. I didn’t think I could do it. I’d already been working on one book for over a year and had only half that number of words written.

The idea, however, was enticing. I went online and read about this strange… Continue reading

No Time to Write?

Blocked?

Our lives are filled with responsibilities: family, work, and if we’re lucky enough, play. When do we have time to write?

In my first attempt at writing a mystery, I couldn’t find much time, certainly not on a regular basis. And, my work suffered. Each time I’d get back to the story, I’d have to re-read chapters to remind myself where the story had gone and where I wanted it to go. More importantly, I had forgotten all about my characters and their motivations. I found that trying… Continue reading