How To Master Show, Don’t Tell

Originally posted on K.M. Allan:
Ah, show, don’t tell. One of the most spouted pieces of writing advice, and one of the most confusing. When I first heard of it, I had no idea what it meant. Surely writing that my character “rose from her chair and walked across the room” was showing? Yes?…

Building your author platform

Originally posted on The Cat's Write:
There are some truly wonderful and very comprehensive articles out there that discuss ‘how to build a successful author platform’ and also the many reasons why you should do so ASAP. But I’m just gonna keep it simple for you (and short), because simple and short has worked…

Luxurious Mountain Fall

Fall has been fantastic in Western North Carolina this year. And I love everything about it! I love the sensation of a cool breeze on my skin and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. I enjoy long walks with my dog and cat ( yes cat) looking up into the boughs of autumnal colored…

How to Ditch Writer’s Guilt and Write Now

Feel guilty about not writing enough, or about abandoning chores to write? You’re not alone. Here’s how to beat writer’s guilt and enjoy writing again. — Read on thewritepractice.com/writers-guilt/ This is my “commitment” selfie. Getting up at the crack of dawn with my coffee and attempting to be productive in my office. OFFICE HAIR DON’T…

On Writing, Querying, and Perseverance

via On Writing, Querying, and Perseverance Check out Susie Lindau’s blog post on preservation in the midst of query frustration. She gives good advice to heed,  and stories that I think many writer’s can relate to!!  

Nature Infuses the Writer’s Soul

I hope you all are enjoying your summers, and maybe squeezing in a mini break or two! We have been experiencing daily summer storms here in the mountains which has made for a very green summer. Have any of you got outside to feel all that nature has to offer? Nature is definitely my muse,…

Open Road

 A blank page is like an open road– full of opportunities. ~ Cara Perciaccanto I had the pleasure of  listening to Terry Kay present at a writer’s seminar in Sylva, NC this past weekend. The sage author was full of helpful tips, witty banter and poignant one liners. The audience was sad to learn this…

First Writer’s Conference

  After two months of nervous excitement, the time came to break out of my literary and introvert comfort zone. I decided in January this would be the year I’d burst out of my comfortable yet isolating writing cocoon. I needed to meet other writers and artists who are called to the creative realm. Those…

Write Outside

Spring has sprung here in the mountains of NC. I encourage all you writers to get outside, seek natures serenity and get inspired to put some prose on paper! “Writing is not a matter of choice. Writers have to write. It is somehow in their temperament, in the blood, in tradition.” N. Scott Momaday