Writing 101: Characters

I allowed character development to languish lately. It has been a bit chaotic in our little stone cottage in the urban wilds. Visitors coming. Visitors going. Visitors rescheduling. Visitors coming. News from afar, not all of it good. Children delighting Beloved for Father’s Day. Vegetables shouting “pick me now.” Garden beds either swamped by rain […]

Writers on Writing

Last week I stumbled on an interesting article about Hemingway’s advice to a young writer. I may not be young in years, but I’m super young in writing, so I took it to heart. There are several gems in it, but the particularly timely one for me was: Don’t get discouraged because there’s a lot […]

All in a Name

Highlighting Historical Romance with Mageela Troche and the challenge of character names. A Scottish surname identifies much about a person at least it did before the destruction of clan in the eighteenth century. When I created the sexy, charming, Alpha hero Lachlan, I needed a surname. If you ever named a character, a pet or […]

Keeping in Step

If you don’t participate in the Belles’ Brigade (the Bluestocking Belles’ street team on Facebook) you missed an interesting discussion last Saturday. The topic for Saturday Brunch was group projects—how a group of highly creative friends goes about creating a collection of stories to publish. Let me summarize it. As you can see, keeping everyone […]

The Best Laid Plans…

With apologies to Robert Burns, plans change. Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn—and so do the stories I write. The beginning and end of The Price of Glory have been clear to me, but the middle—as is often the case—has been murky. I woke up this past week with a harsh light shining on the […]