Long before the first word of a novel is written down, there is an original seed, a thought, a scene which plants itself in the author's mind. Once there, it grows and evolves into possibly a longer scene, a chain of ideas, a few characters and events, and maybe a whole novel. The question is … Continue reading Sewing the Seeds of an Idea: When to Start Planting
In the wake of a suspicious fire, Amaranth gathers her children and flees from the cult where her children were born and raised. Now she is on the run with no one but her barely-teenage daughters, Amity and Sorrow, neither of whom have ever seen the outside world, to help her. After four days of … Continue reading An interview with author Peggy Riley
Step away from the vehicle - and put your novel in a drawer This is the final piece of advice I wanted to share with you from Zadie Smith in this series on writing wisdom. When you finish your novel put it in a drawer for as long as possible. A year or more is … Continue reading Step Away From The Vehicle
A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you and every blessing for 2013. I thought I would kick off the year with a look back at what I have learned through the process of writing, editing, publishing and marketing my book. Thank you to those of you who have downloaded or ordered a copy. … Continue reading What I Learned In 2012 About A Book Release, Time Management, and Keeping Your Head (in the words of Kipling).
This year has been a whirlwind of editing, marketing and publishing for me, a year where I started to build a platform and an internet presence as a writer - something which is a necessity for both traditionally published and self-published writers. It might sound familiar to many of you, but if I tell you … Continue reading Chekhov, Short Stories and Goals for 2013