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Monday Writing Prompts-Scared



It’s almost Halloween so you’ve probably guessed the focus of this week’s prompt.

It’s all about being scared.


It doesn’t have to be horror story scary but your character needs to face something that increases their heart rate. It could be a visit to the dentist, taking a driving test, or even asking for a pay increase at work.

Of course you could turn it into more of a true horror story if you want.

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

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-The Countdown to NaNoWriMo Begins

Oh no, it’s snowing, breezy and cold. I always try to find an upside to everything and today I’m telling myself it means I’ll spend more time inside writing!

NaNoWriMo begins on Wednesday. Who’s taking part? I might try and finish my mystery and also I have a brand new project. Someone asked me to recommend some novel writing books and yes, I’m going to list my favorite ones here very soon but it got me thinking. When I think it usually turns into a new project. I’m going to write my own how to write a novel book. I’ve already written how to write a romance but I know not everyone wants to write on of those so hopefully this one will be for the rest of the aspiring authors out there. I’ve sat down and outlined it and I want it to be the go to book for people who want to write a book. A tall order I know but I hope to make it the sort of book people will still read for years to come. So possibly that might be my other NaNoWriMo challenge. I know it’s non-fiction but the idea is to write and write and write.

I’m also teaching three workshops beginning on Wednesday… the last of the year

Here’s the line up if anyone’s interested-

If you’re thinking about writing a romance novel or just want to refresher course then this class if for you. A two week, how to write a romance novel offered through the Outreach Chapter of RWA.

Maybe you’d like to finish off the year with some new synopsis writing skills, if so then my Synopsis Boot Camp is perfect for you. It’s a two week course offered through Low Country Romance Writers

And finally if you’re thinking about becoming a short story writer in 2018 then learn the tricks of the trade with this month long workshop offered through Yosemite Romance writers-


And I even got another story revamped and added a new chapter and just in time for Halloween, here’s the cover-


I am Jane



Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-Blog a Day?



The end of another work week. I say that but I write on weekends too. How about you? Are you a seven day a week author?

I’ve been thinking about writing related topics to post on this site and whether or not I should do my own version of NaNoWriMo and post a blog every day. Maybe not every day but weekdays. Any topic or question you’d like to see me tackle?

I got started on a project that I’ve been thinking about for a few months. I’ve had students ask me about freelance writing so I’ve decided to create a class and write a book on the topic. This week’s been spent making notes and outlines and I hope to have both the book and class finished by mid November. Stay tuned.

Besides that, it’s been revamping stuff and setting goals for next year using 2018 planner I ordered.  Anyone else write down goals for the year?  It often helps me stay focused although most of the time only a half get achieved but as I always say aim high.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Stronger Writing



I’ve been sorting through half-finished manuscripts stored on my laptop. And as many of you know, I’ve also been revamping stories whose rights have been returned to me.

These are older stories I wrote 5 or more years ago and revisiting them is teaching me a lot and hopefully making me a better writer too.

I’m learning that your older writing can make you cringe. It can force you to put your hand over your eyes and say did I really write like that and what possessed me to write a scene like that? I should have done this, and I should have done that.

Cringing aside, what it’s showing me is I’ve grown as a writer. I can be self critical. I can strive to do even better.

I can use older writing as an exercise to create stronger more vivid scenes, bring characters to life, and create more authentic sounding dialogue.

I can promise myself that I’ll do better on the next story I write.

So moral of this story, and the purpose of me sharing this with you is to encourage you to check out your older stories and use them as a way to gauge how far you’ve come and how much farther you still have to go to become the best writer you can possibly be.

Try it sometime and I think it will make you a stronger more confident writer.

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Monday Writing Prompts-Comfort Zone


This week’s prompt focuses on a character who decides to take a chance and step outside their comfort zone.

Maybe they always take the same route to work and decide to go on the freeway.

Perhaps they never go to new restaurants and decide to take a chance on the one that’s just opened in town.

Or it could be that your character finally decides to approach the man or woman they’ve seen on the bus or train every morning for the last year.

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

Posted in Friday Ramblings

Friday Ramblings From An Author-Productive Week

Happy Friday. It’s looking a lot like fall outside.  One of my favorite times of the year…well if you don’t mind having to rake those pretty leaves.

I’ve had a busy but productive week. I got rights back to lots of stories and I’m slowly playing catch up trying to revamp them and get them re-released. So far I have two done and here are the covers…yes, made those myself too.

confession of love


art innature


My other news and drum roll please…I finished the first draft of my TV pilot.  It was a struggle because it was all new to me but I sat in the armchair in my office, watched episodes of Lost on Netflix and wrote and wrote until it was done.

I say done because it’s far from finished. Let’s just say it’s in its very raw stage right now but as I always say to my students, don’t worry about the first draft because the main thing is to get the story written. I’m now letting it ‘sit’ for a few days and before taking another look at it.

In other creative news, I signed up for a year long art class which I’m really looking forward to and hoping my theory about doing other creative things besides writing will make me a better author. What are some of your other creative pursuits?

Have a good week and happy writing to all.


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Monday Writing Prompts-Fear of Heights


This prompt zeroes in on fear, specifically a fear of heights. That’s what your character has to deal with. Maybe they need to go into this building for an important job interview. Perhaps they even get a job on the top floor. Maybe they’re meeting a date at the restaurant on the top floor.

How does your character deal with their fear of heights? Do they conquer their fear or will your ending be unresolved?

Have fun and happy writing.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Back to Paper and Pen



Another rainy day and yes, days are getting shorter. I sometimes feel more productive because there are less distractions when darkness falls earlier. How about you? Do you get more done in summer or winter?

Speaking of getting things done, my October post for The Writer’s Room is now live over at Coffeetime Romance and it focuses on ways to get ready for NaNoWriMo so I hope you’ll check it out.

When I first began writing I used a typewriter…yes, back in the days of the dinosaurs.  I was a horrible typist and would sometimes resort to paper and pen because I could write faster than I could type…yep, told you I was an awful typist. When I finally earned enough money to buy myself a computer I thought the days of paper and pen were over for me. Afraid to say they’re back!

I’ve been struggling with my screenplay software. I don’t think it’s the fault of the software but I’m learning to write in a different way and it’s a bit like walking and chewing gum at the same time.  I got so frustrated at not making any progress that I’ve decided to write the pilot by hand and type it up later.

The thing I’m struggling with is coming up with the dialogue. Dialogue is my strength so why is this happening I asked myself. Then I figured it out. When I’m writing novels, I’m in the character’s head, and I know this character so well that I don’t ever have to second guess what words will spill off their tongue. My new approach is to sit and write a few pages of inner thoughts for each character in my TV pilot and I think it’s helping.

Bottom line is it got me thinking how no matter what you write,  it’s important in be in your character’s head a lot and get to know them like your best friend… I guess that’s my tip of the week.

Have a good week and happy writing to all.