American Memories

Walking around in public places these days we are witness to all kinds of things. Sometimes, we encounter lunacy, joy, and ignorance. Being able to go to a social place, like the Mall of America, we meet people from all over the world but there’s always those few who will choose ignorance and hate. ThereContinue reading “American Memories”

Character Sheets

The keys are flying as I pour out all the thoughts I have about my characters, even if I wrote it before. This time there are flashes of colors, scents, and more ambitions. Exercising my own advice, my character sheets are growing. Doing this process over again has shed some blocks and confusion that IContinue reading “Character Sheets”

Sunday Inspiration

Creating this blog is one of the best things I’ve done for my writing. The prompts and exercises that I share and use help develop a better story. Somehow, my wandering squirrel brain remembers where the nuts are buried, or at least provided a map to crafted the story we all dream of writing. Month-by-month,Continue reading “Sunday Inspiration”

Free Flow Friday

Friday is here again and I’m gearing up for another exciting weekend.  This past month, I’ve been helping a partner get their eBook and Audio Book published.  It’s exciting to see someone else’s success grow, knowing you helped someone else get closer to their dream.  Their previous book numbers are growing and we unleashed aContinue reading “Free Flow Friday”

Tuesday Location

Tuesday with Dan Brown returns us to the power of location: Location for my current novel is an ongoing struggle and I’ve sought out the advice of other best sellers. Dan Brown visits location in a similar way to David Mamet. David spoke about location sickness and Dan’s MasterClass lesson gives power to location. IfContinue reading “Tuesday Location”

January Wednesday Inspiration

Wednesday Inspiration As a writer, I’m always learning from other best sellers and doing my homework to improve my writing.  This week I’ve come across some inspiring authors and resources.My first class recommendation is the MasterClass with Dan Brown in Writing Thrillers.  I shared some of his advice from the beginning classes in yesterday’s postContinue reading “January Wednesday Inspiration”

Writing a Thriller with Dan Brown

MasterClass Online Writing Tips from Dan Brown Writing progress this weekend was like the Minnesota weather, cloudy and gloomy.   My motivation level to sit for long periods typing away in writer’s bliss didn’t happen.  I had to resort to a writing prompt and tips from well known author, Dan Brown. Dan’s MasterClass online teaches usContinue reading “Writing a Thriller with Dan Brown”

January Writing Challenge #10

Rose Petals On Water The end of the week is here and I want to begin the weekend with a writing exercise. Starting out with writing prompts is a good practice to use when you feel stuck in mud at the keyboard. Choose a word, phrase, or scene filled with strong images to get myContinue reading “January Writing Challenge #10”

January Writing Challenge Day #9

January Writing Challenge Day #9 Another winter storm is here in Minnesota before the weekend and I’m sitting at my desk with a new Turkish movie, “Hot Sweet Sour”, in the background. Picture a foreign version of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” but with more serious music and lines. A five year promise before best friendsContinue reading “January Writing Challenge Day #9”

January Writing Challenge Day #7

January Writing Challenge Day #7 Monday is here again and it’s time to work on my small town novel that’s going to spill with fantasy shifters. Tonight, I’m sitting under the covers and googling reviews of Ely, Minnesota. I hope I don’t get location sickness because I really don’t want to pick another setting. WhatContinue reading “January Writing Challenge Day #7”

January Writing Challenge Day #3

January Writing Challenge Day #3 A TikTok is echoing in my head right now and I’m asking – are we supposed to know what we’re doing?  No. Okay.  As I work on a new chapter, I stopped and asked myself, “Where am I going with this?”   Sometimes, I laugh at our lives as authors.Continue reading “January Writing Challenge Day #3”

Lesson 22 & 23 of MasterClass Online with David Mamet

Lessons 22 and 23: Class was in session and I decided to play hooky on this lesson because I’m at a different place as an author.  David Mamet’s next two lessons are on acting techniques, casting actors, and methods.  Don’t get me wrong, David shares valuable advice with fellow writers but I’m going to saveContinue reading “Lesson 22 & 23 of MasterClass Online with David Mamet”