The Great Adverb Debate
Craft of Writing

The Great Adverb Debate

I attended a national writer’s conference a few years ago and crowded into a packed audience to hear one of the top editors in the industry. “By the way,” she said during her fascinating lecture, “if you send me a manuscript with an adverb in it, let me explain what will happen. I will pull…

Searching for Hidden Treasure
Craft of Writing

Searching for Hidden Treasure

Have you ever written a fabulous scene, section or chapter that made you feel like you should win the Pulitzer Prize? Oh, admit it. I’m talking about those times when your writing seems to soar. The descriptive detail is so vivid you feel like you’ve stepped into the story. The dialogue and quirky and interesting—not…

Open Doors
Business of Writing

Open Doors

I took a circuitous route to my writing career. A registered nurse, I worked as the clinical supervisor of the coronary care unit and the assistant clinical supervisor of the intensive care tower at Baptist Integris in Oklahoma City. My life revolved around live and death decisions every day. I could almost smell the spirit…

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…

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…

The Secret Life of Books
Inspiration

The Secret Life of Books

Have you ever wondered why some things you read move you beyond words and others fall flat? Both are well written. Both use great descriptive detail. Both show instead of telling. Both are structured well. And yet…there is a difference. Let me explain. Books and articles are more than just letters on a page. This…