Whose Viewpoint Are You Writing In?
Craft of Writing

Whose Viewpoint Are You Writing In?

Viewpoint is an ongoing source of concern for writers. When I edit manuscripts, I comment on viewpoint problems more than any other single issue. Why? It’s really not that complicated (after you’ve done it thirty or forty times). Look, you just need to pick a viewpoint and stick with it throughout a scene. If you change…

Should You Publish Your Book?
Business of Writing

Should You Publish Your Book?

When I teach my novel writing classes what do you think is one of the first questions I’m asked after they realize I’m a published author? If you answered, “How do I get published?” you’re right. However, this blog is not about “how” to get your book published because there’s plenty of information on that….

It’s Not Rocket Science
Craft of Writing

It’s Not Rocket Science

“It’s not rocket science,” I said to a small group of hopeful people who wanted to become published authors. It was the first time the founders of Write Well, Sell Well OKC had hosted a writer’s intensive at Lake Eufaula. Until then, I’d had no idea how many misconceptions people had about writing. Especially writing…

Dear White Page
Craft of Writing | Inspiration

Dear White Page

Dear White Page, I’m writing you this letter because it seems appropriate and sort of proves a point I’m going to make later, if you’ll bear with me.  But let me start from the beginning. I don’t dislike you. I want you to know that up front.  I actually consider you a dear friend. I…

The Language of the Heart
Inspiration | Craft of Writing

The Language of the Heart

I read an article not long ago that captured my attention and hasn’t let go. It was written by a pastor frustrated by the condition of his parishioners. Crying out to God he said, “Lord, why won’t they listen to me?” God’s answer came swift and sure. “Because you’re not speaking the language of the…

How Can You Tell If You’re Really a Writer?
Inspiration

How Can You Tell If You’re Really a Writer?

You may not even realize it yet, but you’re already a writer. The simple fact that you’ve picked up pen and paper-okay, tablet and keyboard, and pounded out words, albeit messy, angsty words (been there, done that) means you’re a writer. Don’t doubt it. But what separates the wanna-be writers from the gonna-be published authors…