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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Busy Month Draws to a Close


It’s hard to believe it’s October on Sunday. I always think once Halloween is over the end of the year rushes at you at a frightening pace.

I get rights back to three books next month so I’ve been busy making covers for them and slowly working on their revamp.

One other priority has been my TV pilot. I have all the scenes set out on index cards which is making me look at plotting in a whole new way. I’ve had students tell me they plot their novels using cards but I’ve never tried it but now I think I will.

NaNoWriMo is fast approaching and October is the time to get those writing muscles in shape. Who’s taking the challenge this year? I’m still undecided. A lot will depend on if my other projects are completed. I might end up finishing one of my mysteries which I didn’t realize I’d already written 46,000 words…why I never finished it I don’t know.

As always during November, I’ll be posting tips and advice for those taking the challenge.  So if you have any questions, anything you’d specifically like me to address leave a comment or contact me directly.

My weekend’s going to consist of raking leaves and cleaning up the vegetable garden…yes, winter’s coming soon!

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge or Thinking about Self-Publishing…Maybe Even Both!


If you’re thinking about taking this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge you might be interested in registering for the workshop I’m teaching for the Maryland Romance Writers…and no, it’s not just for authors who are planning to write a romance novel. I’ll share tips that will get you ready for when November 1st rolls around-


Maybe you’re thinking about self-publishing and not sure if it’s right for you then check out my workshop, So, You Want to Self-Publish Your Book offered through Outreach International.


Hope to see you in class.

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Monday Writing Prompts-Words With More Than One Meaning



This week I thought we’d try something a little different.

Here are two words, fall, leaves.

In your short story you’re not only going to use them but try and use them in as many ways as you can to show all of their meanings…

For example, It’s fall. I hope the tree doesn’t fall down.

The leaves are turning.  I’m wishing he leaves soon.


Hope you enjoy this one so have fun and happy writing.


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Friday Ramblings From An Author-TV Pilot Underway


Happy fall everyone…strange that where I live there’s a heat advisory and it’s muggy.

I finally got my TV pilot script started. I love launching new projects! Today I sat down and wrote all my ‘beats’ on index cards.  It’s making me think more visually than I usually do when I write novels. It’s a different approach and I’m already loving being outside my comfort zone. I even created the first line of dialogue for my main character whose name is going to be very unique. Now all I have to do is figure out when and why people started calling him that instead of his real one. I know lots of woman writers choose to go with a female lead but for some reason I keep seeing my main character as a man. It may change mid-point, who knows.

Needless to say my novel writing is taking a backseat and probably will until I have the first draft of the pilot finished. I get rights back to three books next month and I haven’t even started on their rewrites or created covers for them yet. Guess I’ll be putting in some overtime.

And then there’s NaNoWriMo…I’m teaching a class about getting ready for it for the Maryland Romance Writers if anyone’s interested. Anyone taking part this year? Not sure if I’ll have time because I’m teaching three workshops in November and have more books to get ready for republishing…couple of Christmas stories in there too.

Before I forget…good luck to all my students who are submitting stories to agents and publishers this week. I know there are at least three of you so here’s sending good vibes your way.

Have a fun first weekend of fall and happy writing to all.

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Monday Writing Prompts-Media Interview



Your character is being interviewed. It could be for radio, TV, or even a podcast. Why have they been chosen for the interview? Have they done something courageous  maybe? Broken a world record? Written a book? Done something controversial?

Are they nervous or excited?

Are you going to focus on them preparing for the interview or the actual day of the interview?

Lots you can do with this one so have fun and happy writing.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Critique Group for Published Writers



Feels more like summer than August did but the leaves are still turning and falling. I’m worried it’s going to be an early winter but still remaining optimistic.

I’m in the middle of giving my office an overhaul, changing things around and getting ready to sit down and start writing the script for my TV pilot. I have my idea, even have the opening scene playing in my head, and I’m excited about this new writing venture.

If any of you are interested in time management or basic public relations, I have two new classes at Skillshare.

And I found this resourceful site through an e-mail newsletter sent from Hank Phillippi Ryan who I had the pleasure of interviewing many years ago. If you haven’t heard of Hank, she’s a mystery/suspense author and you should definitely check out her novels.

She’s now part of a site that has lots of information for authors and here’s the link-

And one of my current students asked if I’d post this. She’s part of a critique group for published female writers and they’re currently looking for new members. If you fit into that category and looking for critique partners then check out this link and contact Joyce-

That’s about it for this Ramblings. I’m going to finish my week with some critiques for my clients and then it’s on to some mystery writing.

Have a good week and happy writing to all.


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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Something of Everything



Don’t know about you but I always feel September is a bit like the New Year because it’s the end of one season and the beginning of another, people head back to work and school etc.

In fact, I prefer to set new goals during this month than in January. There’s less pressure on you, you don’t feel so depressed because Christmas is over, and I think you meet with more success because of it.

I’ve set myself the goal of starting a script for a TV pilot.  Many years ago I bought Final Draft with every intention of shifting my writing in that direction but books took over, tutoring and teaching took over, and I never got around to doing it. The other day I upgraded to the new version of that software and told myself  this time I was going to write a screenplay. I’ve got three ideas swimming around in my head but not sure which one is going to get written.

Anyone else switch between writing plays, novels, screenplays or whatever?

I’m pleased to say that my coaching business seems to be taking off now. I also launched a newsletter on my site so if you want to sign up you can do so over at Fingers crossed it’s working because it took me hours to figure out how to put it in the widget section…yeah my non-techy side emerged again.

I’m hoping to post more writing related articles on both that site and this one…well as time allows.

I’m also working on two new classes for Skillshare and hopefully will get them loaded onto their site next week.

Have a good week and if you’re in hurricane territory, stay safe and my thoughts are with you.

Happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Introducing The Writer’s Room



Welcome to September and that means my new blog debuts over at Coffeetime Romance.

It’s called The Writer’s Room and on the first Friday of every month I’ll be writing an article about something writing related.

Here’s the link if you want to check it out-

And a shout out to Karenne who’s kindly let me have a space on her site to connect with aspiring authors.

It’s been another busy week. I got another book re-released, signed up to teach a class on…no, not writing but something I did before I became a freelance writer and that’s public relations.

I’ve also been busy with my coaching and mentoring business and love the fact that I can help fellow writers.

One workshop started today, another one begins on Monday, and hopefully even another one, Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo will start too…we just need a few more people. If you know anyone who’s thinking about taking this year’s challenge, it’s offered through the Outreach International Chapter of Romance Writers of America and I’d love to see them or even you in class.

It’s a holiday on Monday so there won’t be a writing prompt…taking the day off to recharge for what I know will be a hectic week.

Have a good week, to those in the US, a safe and relaxing Labor Day, and happy writing to all.