Blog Posts

Getting Better All The Time

Don’t be surprised if on the days you write something, even on a napkin, you rock all your tasks harder. In other words, write a little, sail a lot. What? Here’s my writing tip of the day. People who do what they like sail through the things they don’t like as much. It’s easier to […]

Miri Stone

When did you realize or decide you wanted to be a writer? I’ve been making up stories about magical creatures and fantastical worlds since I was knee high to a grasshopper and started writing them down as soon as I could wield a pen (or pencil!) A few years ago I realized that although I […]

So whatduyuh wanna write about?

Maybe you want to write romance novels with sizzling sex scenes. Maybe you want to write action novels with superheroes. Maybe you just want to write short stories. Maybe you don’t know how to get started writing. One of the best things to do is read your favorite novelists, well-known, contemporary, top New York Times […]

Set Yourself Free

The free write. Writing is hard. The writing life is hard. I don’t give a shit. Suck it up. You want to improve your skills? Do a free write. What’s a free write? You pick a setting, an obstacle and/or an object, and a goal. Setting: Mars. Object: A bloody copper key. Obstacle: Getting past […]

Bribes (Oh, I mean incentives)

I love to write. Love it, love it, love it, love it. Except when I hate it. When I sit down at the computer to write the movie reel of images I see in my head, and only two paragraphs come out, and then suddenly I’m HUNGRY. As in huuuuuuunnnnngryyyy. I want to do anything […]

Space Out

Often the creative brain does its best in that semi-hypnotic daydreaming state that comes when you hit that perfect “twilight-zone-out” range.  One of the best ways to get there is through repetitive motion like running, walking, or swimming.  Any moving water will help you hit that hypnotic zone, and for many people, so will driving.  […]

Discipline (Yuck, I mean yeah!), Do it, and Be Seen

I keep a writing log. Time in, Time out; the page I start on, how many words I wrote, how much time I spent doing research. It’s not a hobby; it’s a job. If I want the muse to come to me, I have to be serious about making a place for her. Keeping a […]

What makes a romance novel a romance novel?

It must have these elements: Basic plot structure of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. (Or in same sex boy-boy, you get it.) If they meet and they are romantic but are never torn apart it may be sensual but it’s not a romance novel. In the middle of the book conflict […]

Reach out and touch someone

Writing is a solitary act. It might not feel like it because you’re spending time with your characters who are much more interesting than live humans, but at the end of the day it’s you and your computer, alone. Writing isn’t like say, basketball, where you discuss a game plan ahead of time, work passing […]