Okay, I admit it. When I first began writing, research wasn’t my favorite thing to do. That seems strange because I do enjoy learning—even trivial things. But when it came to writing, I just wanted to delve into a story. But writing a novel, novella, or even a short story without checking the facts can … Continue reading Getting it Right
Hi, SE Readers! Joan here on this Monday morning. No matter if we’ve been writing twenty years or twenty days, if we have dozens of published books or none, most of us have times when we get discouraged. Sometimes we may even want to give up. But then, you’ll come across a quote, a line … Continue reading Sometimes You Need Encouragement
I once heard a writing instructor say he never reads a prologue. He was of the opinion that anything written in a prologue was unnecessary and a writer should say what they want to say in the first chapter. I’ve heard others say the same thing, but I beg to differ. If a book contains … Continue reading Prologues – Yea or Nay?
Happy Monday, SE Readers. Joan here. Today’s post will be short and sweet because I’ve been laboring (pun intended) over a manuscript. And here in the United States, we are celebrating a holiday—Labor Day. Always celebrated on the first Monday of September, for many the holiday is the unofficial end of summer. Kids will go … Continue reading Labor Day
Hi, SE Readers, Joan here today. I love music (and of course writing), so today's post is about how music can inspire stories and invoke memories. So without further ado... Music has always been a big part of my life. From my earliest recollections, there was always music in our home. My mother told me … Continue reading Music and Writing