Age, Beauty, and Writing Older Characters

"Age before beauty." -- unknown source You’ve probably heard that saying a hundred times. If you’re on the “age” spectrum of the phrase, perhaps, some younger person has uttered the statement as they allowed you to go ahead in line at grocery store. On the other hand, if you consider yourself a representative of youthful… Continue reading Age, Beauty, and Writing Older Characters

Does a Children’s Book Need a Happy Ending?

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” -- Orson Welles After many hours of worry and rewriting, I finally finished the first draft of my middle reader novel, Sarah Finn. Much of the anxiety and editing involved in coming to that milestone regarded whether or not… Continue reading Does a Children’s Book Need a Happy Ending?

Everyone Has a Story. What’s Yours?

Everyone has a story, the air is full of stories. The creative process is mysterious, I don’t know why it is that suddenly a theme will take hold of me and refuse to leave me in peace until I investigate it and write it.. -- Isabel Allende I believe author Isabel Allende's sentiment when she… Continue reading Everyone Has a Story. What’s Yours?

The Alchemy of Reading Your Words Aloud

To be a better writer, read your words aloud. -- Mohsin Hamid Sometimes writing can be such a solitary effort -- hitting the keys of your computer, alone in a space of quiet. Words roaming from place to place within your mind. Silent. Without connection to an outside reality. Then you stop. Look at your… Continue reading The Alchemy of Reading Your Words Aloud