Writing In A Pandemic

Author Victoria Heckman Struggle. Isolation. Loss of focus. Job security. Exhaustion. Health. Shortages. Hoarding. Election. Holidays. Money. Frustration. Quarantine. Death. In the course of the last nine months, perhaps one or more of these words resonates with you. It has … Continue reading

Making Peace With Canadian Winter

Author Mar Preston in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada It’s no use sitting inside grumbling, looking at the birds frolicking outside in the snow. So far, and it’s only early January, it hasn’t been that cold, hovering up and down around freezing … Continue reading

Anne Schroeder Speaks

Author Anne Schroeder Thank you Susan for inviting me into your world of clever mystery. I’m an early admirer from your very first novel and have watched your career with admiration. What is it I do? My writing is set … Continue reading

Write Over The Hump

Here’s a prompt that’s rather appropriate since we’re in the “dead of winter” right now. It’s sure to start your creative juices flowing. Set that timer for 10, 15, or 20 minutes, and start to write! Where will this journey … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Some of the best things happen when we juxtapose things that don’t go together. Surprises can be fun. Set your timer for 10 minutes. Start with, “I wouldn’t lie to you.” Use these words or phrases as part of what … Continue reading

Write Over the Hump

Here’s a sentence to start you muse humming. What do you see in this sentence? What will happen from this point? Who is, or will be, involved? Let your imagination run wild while your timer counts down those 10 or … Continue reading

Crafting Unputdownable Stories

I wrote this for my writing group, SLO NightWriters, and thought it might be of interest to other writers out there. I’ve used examples (in italics) throughout from my own writing, illustrating what I’m saying and what I’ve learned through … Continue reading

Learning to Appreciate My Computer Left Brain

by: Author Debra Davis Hinkle Humans have two brain hemispheres that talk to each other. For many years it was thought that we were either left- or right-brain dominate in our decision making.  It appears to me that some people … Continue reading