At Long Last — Book 5 Is In the Works

Several years ago, the first four books in my Smoky Mountain Novel Series went on the market. I had always intended to write at least one more book in the series — and did get two chapters of it done — but life just sort of got in the way — if you know whatContinue reading “At Long Last — Book 5 Is In the Works”

Weekend Coffee Share 8/18/18

If we were having coffee together today, I’d tell you that I need about 3 more cups, along with a huge piece of chocolate cake and a handful of potato chips — you know — for that ‘sweet & salty’ touch. It could be that I’m just hungry because I’m writing this at suppertime. ButContinue reading “Weekend Coffee Share 8/18/18”

Releasing the Creative Writer in You – Lesson 9

  For other lessons, click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON 9: INTRODUCTIONS – FIRST LINES, FIRST PARAGRAPHS, FIRST PAGES   Without a doubt, the first and primary job of your introduction to your story is to GRAB the reader’s attention and interestContinue reading “Releasing the Creative Writer in You – Lesson 9”

Daily Post Prompt: ‘As the Plot Unravels’ – a short story

` “I don’t know what to do,” Neville groaned, rubbing his hands roughly over his face. Then he pushed his laptop out of the way and leaned both elbows onto the coffeehouse table, propping his chin in his hands. “What’s wrong?” Clarence, the waiter bussing the table next to Neville’s, turned to question him NevilleContinue reading “Daily Post Prompt: ‘As the Plot Unravels’ – a short story”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You: Lesson 4

To access other lessons in this series, simply click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar, and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON # 4: PLOTTING YOUR STORY   First, let’s look again at the main parts of the plot of a story: Most authors and writing teachers agree that allContinue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You: Lesson 4”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 3

To access other lessons in this series, click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON # 3: WRITING FICTION Fiction covers a wide range of genres, including short stories, novels, novellas, novelettes, scripts, screenplays, and children’s literature. Having a knack for writing well inContinue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 3”

Writing Rule # 1: Use Your Own Voice

Every writer, whether he’s having his say in prose or poetry, needs to follow the most important rule of successful writing: BE TRUE TO YOURSELF. If you spend your writing energy trying to be like some other author or poet – or trying to please people who do not see life the way you doContinue reading “Writing Rule # 1: Use Your Own Voice”