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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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.



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Friday Ramblings From An Author-August Winds Down



Did everyone catch the solar eclipse the other day? Where I live a storm was on the verge of passing through so I didn’t get to experience it as much as I’d hoped.

August is slowly winding down and so is summer. Today I noticed leaves on some trees beginning to turn.

I’ve added my new workshop line up for 2018 if anyone wants to check it out. I might even add some classes that I’ll teach on my own too.

If anyone writes flash fiction, the Writer’s Bureau in the UK has a contest running and here’s the link-

I’d hoped to get a back title republished this week but I’m waiting on my rights reversal letter before I can do that.  I also worked a little on a half finished mystery and thinking about ideas for television pilots….yes, I’m loving my TV writing class and enjoying all Shonda Rhimes’ wisdom and advice for writers.

Have a fun week (enjoy the holiday weekend for those in the UK), and happy writing to all.


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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Summer’s Going too Fast



It’s been raining every day…not that I mind but it’s reminded me that summer is going too fast. It’s the first year I haven’t taken a break from teaching and I’m feeling like I’ll need some sort of break to recharge my writing batteries before fall arrives.

Anyone else ever feel like they just need a change of pace? I’ve been feeling restless lately and last week I heard some sad news about someone that holds a special place in my heart. It’s thrown me off course.  So much so that I’ll be writing a post about it and how life’s events can affect your writing.

Needless to say I’ve been doing lots of thinking about which direction I want to take my writing. I know I want to focus on mysteries and TV writing but that means I probably have to say goodbye to writing romances at least for awhile.  Giving up one thing to do something else is never easy but I think I’m heading in the right direction. One thing sad news can do to a writer is make them go deep within their heart and then the flood gates open up and you have wonderful sparks of dialogue you quickly are jotting down in your notebook, and stories that you think need to be told.

Bottom line is loss isn’t all bad at least not for us writers.

I’d love to hear if a life event has helped or hindered you as a writer.

Have a fun week and happy writing to all.

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Friday Ramblings From An Author-Lots Happening



It’s been another crazy week with lots of different things happening. Maybe it’s been all to do with that lunar eclipse that happened on Monday.

First up, I decided to buy a smaller laptop/notebook so I could sit and do some more work at night while I watch TV. I’ve never been one to just sit and watch TV. I always have to be doing something so I thought why not do something productive. I’m going to use my TV time for doing research for my upcoming mysteries.

Second thing I did, (and this is going to take my writing in another direction). I took the plunge and registered for a class to learn how to write for television.  Not just any class but one taught by Shonda Rhimes…yes if any of you watch Grey’s Anatomy or Scandal you know what a big deal that is and how excited I am to be taking this class.

Does that mean I might give up writing books? Well maybe. I’ve always wanted to write scripts so who knows I might love it or I might be really awful at it. Either way I feel energized learning something new in the realm of writing.

Another thing that happened this week…a former student got a book published and added my name to the acknowledgements. I love writing and being able to help other writers live their dream is icing on the cake. I told her I’d give her some publicity so starting next week I’ll have a new shoutout category on the site and she’ll be the debut author.

When a week’s been a good one you hate to see it end but as they say all good things…

Have yourself your own good week and happy writing to all.