As someone working hard this month to complete a draft of my novel, I appreciate posts like this one from Sacha Black and Writers Helping Writers, Getting Jiggy with the Nitty Gritty, or, Improving Your Sentences.
This is a keeper and one I will use to start the editing process when ( notice I said when) I finish my novel. In the meantime, if you’re looking for some quick and dirty tips on sentence structure, check out Sacha’s post and these 5 Tips.
After years of writing and hiding my words by a stream in a cow pasture, I have found my voice, and I know what I believe.
I am a conservative, southern woman, a mother, grandmother, and a retired nurse, having served in the profession from 1972 until 1995. Reading, writing, family, and friends are my passion, not necessarily in that order.
I believe in God, that He is in control, even when I’m not.
I believe knowledge is power and investing in the future of our country is not only my duty bu...
The Daily Post Prompt – Deny
There are times I get distracted. You know:
Going into one room to do something only to have another something catch your eye …
Bending down to pick up a cracker crumb from the kitchen floor and noticing the nasty baseboard …
Walking into Walmart for one item and coming out with a cart …
Searching for a document on your computer and spending the day re-organizing your entire file system …
Starting one story and getting highjacked by another …
I have a name for thi...
Welcome to this month’s, Stories to Share. Great stories that can be read on your coffee break. So, sit back and enjoy.
As always, let the authors know how much you enjoyed their work. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Join the conversation. Talk to me or tell me your story. I’m all ears.
I know, I know. Tooting one’s own horn is not fun, at least for this gal. However, word of mouth has proven to be the best marketing tool out there. Don’t believe me? Here are few surprising stats from the Ambassador Marketing Website.
According to research by Nielsen:
92 % of people trust recommendations from friends and family more than all other forms of marketing.
43 % of consumers are more likely to buy a product if they learn about it from family or friend.
83% purchase decisions made b...
As you may have read, I recently took a trip to Washington D.C. I typically visit D.C. twice a year to see my youngest daughter who has been there almost six years. This time, however, it was a treat to take my oldest daughter and my two lovely granddaughters with me. It was the first time flying for the young ones, and I was interested in how they might react to the security checkpoint. Their mother and I gave them a brief summary of what to expect, and we got in line.
I have a pacemaker. I ...
Such a range of emotions and events are associated with this word. Children and some adults are already anticipating Halloween and Christmas. Lists are being formulated even as I type (including mine).
So many life events create that tingling, stomach churning, nail-biting, or
desire to squeal an...
Happy Labor Day! I don’t know where the time has gone. I’m already seeing, besides the obvious, Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor lining the shelves of area stores. Too much! Nevertheless, it is September and Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye.
For our family, and...
I ‘ve been asked, by a friend, to speak to her literary group about my newly released short story collection, Maybe Next Time.
I’ll admit I felt a bit of trepidation upon receiving the invite. I was excited about sharing my work, but a little nervous, but then decided, why not?
I will be speaking...
As a fan and user of the software Grammarly, I look forward to receiving my weekly progress report. It's like being in high school again. I'm not graded, thank God, but the report does provide insight and includes my longest writing streak, productivity, accuracy, vocabulary, and top three writing mistakes. Can you guess the mistake
Aw, such an old-fashioned word. Homage – a noun; defined as – respect, honor, reverence, worship, admiration, esteem, adulation, tribute, acknowledgment, recognition, and accolade; memorial services are an example. It’s a word we rarely if ever hear in our daily conversation and certainly rarely see exercised, at least the way I remember.
Aw, the elusive, perfect opening line. It’s the most important line of your book. If you can’t grab the reader’s interest from the beginning, all the gnashing of teeth, hair pulling, and hard work will have been time wasted; much like watching the news.