Sewing the Seeds of an Idea: When to Start Planting

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

An interview with author Peggy Riley

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

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

Chekhov, Short Stories and Goals for 2013

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