Archive for the ‘For writers’ Category

Yesterday I blogged about the shootings in the movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, USA and about our experience living there during an earlier tragedy, the Columbine High School shootings.  I was writing our good friends in Australia about it.  While I personally would be in favor of stricter gun laws, I also know the won’t prevent the shootings that happened on Friday.  People pull the triggers.  We need a shift in consciousness to place a higher value on life.  I believe we become the stories we tell each other. We need new stories, now more than ever before. (more…)

This is my week for changes.  I’ve joined Cee’s Healing Journey blog as a regular writer and we’ve changed the name to Chronic Illness Champions.  We want to write about how to live gracefully when there is someone with a chronic illness in the house.  So Cee will be blogging from her viewpoint as someone with Lyme disease and I’ll be writing from the point of view of the caregiver.  Both are important voices, and we believe that by sharing our story we’ll be able to inspire others.  Please come and visit us there.

I’ve also had requests to start my writing challenge up again.  (more…)

One of my subscribers, Cathy G, was kind enough to send me links to writer, Wendy Thomas, who is also a Lyme caregiver.  She writes about how she uses writing as her therapy when Lyme takes over her world.   If you are interested in dealing with Lyme Disease, she’s started a blog for chronic Lyme.

Writing As a Form of Therapy

June 11, 2012 by Wendy E. N. Thomas

Sometimes it stinks being a writer. You can’t take a day off (well, of course, in reality you can, but you won’t get paid) and you have to write your articles even if you don’t feel like writing.

I recently felt that way. I didn’t feel like writing – so I relied on my favorite form of personal therapy when things are not going the way I had hoped.  >> Continue reading

I woke up this morning trying to think of some way to keep my writing mojo running strong.  (Mojo, in case you don’t know, is your magic power, your secret strength, your super power.)  I love to write.  I do it every day.  If you were to get an email from me is would be more like a short novel.  When the words start flowing they don’t want to stop.  I love words. (more…)

You have stories to tell, stories about those special moments in your life, the times that defined you.  But how do you tell them?  Marion Roach Smith gives you the guidelines you need in “The Memoir Project”.  I’m enjoying this book not only because I love memoirs but because there are great hints for the craft of writing.

I am convinced that everyone has a story inside of them.  A fascinating story.  We are all unique.  We’ve had things that have happened to us that formed us.  “The Memoir Project” interests me not only as a writer, but also as a person who is deeply intrigued with what makes each of us special.  But don’t let me sell you.  Listen to the author and let her entice you.  Listen to an interview with her on NPR’s Talk of the Nation radio show,  watch a video as she talks about her book.

Marion Roach Smith emphasizes that you should write the lessons you’ve learned with each experience you choose to relate.  Let that be the centerpiece of your work, not merely the tale itself. Her advice works for something as simple as a few paragraphs to go in your family scrapbook, for your blog, or for a full sized book.

She’s a wonderful teacher who laughs easily and has great advice.  I hope you enjoy her.


Plots!  Where do they come from?  How do you come up with them?  That’s what I wanted to know before I became a writer.  In fact, the idea of coming up with plots was the single most thing that prevented me from writing.  Words, character development, description, dialogue… all of that I can do.  But how do you come up with a plot?

Now that I’ve done a few of them, it seems simple, but at the beginning it was daunting.  Hallie Ephron’s “Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel” has some great pointers.  The place to start, though, is to open yourself up to possibility.  Here’s a little exercise for you… I’ll give you a topic and you write as many plot ideas as you can come up with.  But first, I’ll be nice and give you an example. (more…)

Writers, could you use some sound advice on how to edit your works?  Since I finished my first Alice Anne mystery novel, I needed to come up with a good process for rewriting.  I’ve had a very talented editor feeding me ideas for revisions (Thanks, Louise!), which I have dutifully made.  I’ve gone on to write the majority of a second book and start a third (that will be a new series).  Now I’m ready to take everything I’ve learned about my writing so far and give my first book a good read through, cleaning up the language that can be better.  But how to start and actually do that?  Inspiration came in the form of a blog by Elizabeth S. Craig, another mystery writer, and the person responsible for the Writer’s Knowledge Base that I wrote about last week.

Elizabeth’s blog has been selected by Writer’s Digest magazine as one of the best websites for writers in 2010 and 2011, which is quite a distinction.  She’s been providing me with sage advice since I found her blog.

Click here to read “One Writer’s Editing Process”