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I’m a great proponent of Scrivener,scrivener logo the “writing” program that lets you organize, format and export your finished work. Scrivener, in beta form, came along at a time when I was tearing my hair out trying to  get control of my first novel. For me, as… Continue reading

Resources – What Supports My Writing

Most of us have some form of resources that we use for our novels and other writings.  I am no different but mine have changed over the years as I’ve grown as a writer.  Below are some of the things I use.

Classes

My first resource started years ago when I came back to writing more consistently.  I knew I had a lot to learn and so I went on a writer’s retreat that was more a class in writing than a place to simply write.  That was a turning point for me because I met a writing… Continue reading

Publishing Choices

This weekend I attended a workshop on “Paths to Publication” that focused on Traditional, Indie, and Self Publishing. The day-long workshop, put on by New England Sisters in Crime, featured panels on each of the publishing options, hybrid authors who use more than one type of publishing, and an author-editor connection between Hank Phillippi Ryan and her editor, Francesca Coltrera. The panel authors included Sheila Connolly, Jessie Crockett, Ray Daniel, Kate George, Rosemary Harris, Marian Lanouette, Edith Maxwell, P.M. Steffen, and Kevin Symmons. Moderators were Sharon Daynard, Michele Dorsey, Julie Hennrikus, Arlene Kay, and Liz Mugavero.

The following is… Continue reading

Writing Conferences – Why Attend?

Another writing conference. Another bunch of authors trying to sell their books, and another group of workshops touting the same old teachings. Right? Wrong. If that’s how you feel about writing conferences, you’re not realizing their true potential. A writing conference is all about advertising yourself, your book, and about having fun.

Self-promotion, promotion that has nothing to do with your book, is one important reason to attend a writing conference. This is the venue where you meet people whose dreams are the same as yours. It’s an opportunity to make friends and find out what other authors in… Continue reading

Crime Bake – Writing Conference Revitalization

Crime Bake Luau

Crime Bake Luau

Last weekend I attended my fourth Crime Bake, New England’s mystery-writing conference. Each year I wonder if the fare will be a repeat of the previous year, and each year I am pleasantly surprised. The selection of workshops at Crime Bake usually reflects the rapid changes in the writing industry, and the list of successful authors sharing their knowledge varies with each conference.

The guest of honor this year was Meg Gardiner, whose thrillers, beginning with her Edgar-winning novel, China Lake, have… Continue reading

My Favorite Writing Workshop/Retreat

              Wisdom House labyrinth   Every year in April, I travel to Litchfield, Connecticut for a  writing workshop/retreat.  It’s held at Wisdom House which has great food, a wonderful labyrinth, and plenty of paths to walk.   I find it comfortable and affordable.  Generally, the participants are all women.   The group is usually less than 20 and I find that I enjoy a group between 10-15 more than the larger group.  That allows for more time to read our work and talk about craft issues. 

                Why do I… Continue reading