Weed Your Words

CharI’m guest posting today at Rebecca Belliston’s March Book Madness.  Dribble on over to her site to read what I have to lay up about Weeding Your Words. You’ll score a three-pointer if you do. Okay…enough of the basketball lingo. Back to weeds…in honor of spring. In my post, I will introduce several literary weeds and show you how to eradicate them from your writing. Happy weeding.

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Giveaway for Secret Keepers

Doggone Excited!Yea! Ginger’s doggone excited that my book is finally available in all formats (print and digital; she likes the print version best. She won’t let her paws off it). To celebrate, I thought I’d have her help me tell you a little bit about it. I’ll also give away eBooks to 3 lucky people (this includes choice of PDF format if you don’t have an eReader and want to read it on your computer). Take it away, Ginger.

Ginger: Well, even though it doesn’t have any delicious cardboard-tasting treats (that I’ve found yet), this book has a glossy cover that feels cool to my paws. It also has a unique taste when I lick it (almost as good as bacon, but not quite). It’s soothing and makes me feel like it’s summer, and when I sleep, it gives me good dreams of running through grassy meadows and eating salmon straight from a river. I would definitely recommend this book…but not the one I’m holding. Get your own.

Me: Stop your drooling, Ginger. You’ll ruin my book, Continue reading

Birth of an Author

babyWhen I wrote my first book, I thought being an author would be fun. All these people would buy my book and love it…and that would make me feel all warm and fuzzy. I’ve learned since that being an author isn’t easy (nor warm and fuzzy).

The hardest thing for me was admitting that I was an author. I’m shy and quiet by nature, so it was excruciating to market my own book…and heaven forbid I tell anyone I knew that I was an author. Suddenly, that seemed too braggy and grandiose. So I minimized myself and my book. Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson 5: Energize Your Writing

Time for another writing lesson!  Today we will focus on IMAGE!  It is the Energizer Bunny for your writing!  Artists deal in color and composition; musicians deal in pretty sounds; dancers deal in movement…but WRITERS deal in the abstract medium of WORDS.

Writing as an art begins when we surrender ourselves to the world of IMAGES.  Images tantalize the senses and call up pictures in the mind.  You, as a writer, must help the reader SEE, HEAR, SMELL, TASTE, and FEEL a scene.

Now, pretend we’re going on a camping trip.  If you don’t like camping, pretend you do and come along anyway.  Wipe that frown off your face!  This is FUN!  It’s a writing camp…and you get to choose where to set up your tent. Continue reading

Bent Wrists Lesson #4: Read to Write

Time for another writing lesson!  First off, I thought I’d preach to you and sum up the last lesson.  It’s impossible to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth when you write.  No matter how hard you hit the gavel on the bench…it just ain’t going to happen (excuse my bad grammar).  You’re not in a court of law…you’re WRITING!  Remember that gaggle or google of butterflies from Lesson 3 that’s swarming in the air?  Well, you’re never going to catch them all in writing…but it’s sure FUN trying!

So, here’s another tip from a dip (I love rhyming…even if I have to call myself a dip).  To become a good WRITER…you must become a good READER! Continue reading

The Power of Words

I have always loved writing.  Even as a child, I kept journals and made a few sad attempts at stories, which were pretty awful (but to me, they were the most wonderful stories in the world).  In college, an English professor further ‘opened’ my world to the power of the written word.  I learned that writing had a purpose—to explore one’s own thoughts and beliefs.  Writing is synonymous with discovery.  You learn about yourself—the deepest subject there is—harder even than calculus!  Whew!

Writing can be torturous as you start on the path to true discovery!  But don’t give up!  Persevere!  Writing is also the vehicle which can bring you the most JOY.  When you write and write and write…and then have one of those “Ah Ha!” moments where clear vision unfolds and you truly SEE who you really are, all the time and effort and head banging you went through to get there is totally worth it! Continue reading