• The Most Difficult Part is Getting to the Finish Line

    A couple of days ago, I read a blog about writing books. As the blogger presented information about how many indie and traditional books are published a year and that it’s a daunting task to even consider writing a book, because, let’s face it, the market is flooded with all kinds of books, he struck a chord with me when he said this: that most people say they are writing a book, but the number of people who actually finish and publish a quality book is far less than those who say they are going to do it. That was a long introductory sentence, and I apologize for the breathiness…

  • Writer’s Toolbox: Tips on Writing Successful Description

    *** One of the tips I have students practice a lot in my college classes is writing using their senses. In case you have forgotten how to do this from your writing classes, it means to write using your sharpest senses. Start any passage by asking yourself these questions: What did it smell like? What did it look like? What did it taste like? What did it feel like? What did you hear? Sharpening your senses will make your writing vivid. Remember: we are shooting for the ideal, which is to transport people to that moment, place, or situation. When a reader becomes completely engrossed by your words—your magic ability…

  • LL Cool J, Goals & Awards

    I would by lying if I said I didn’t want to place in the National Indie Excellence Awards contest for authors. This morning’s butterflies told me so; I had received an email the day before letting me know the winners and finalists would be announced today. I have a bit of a competitive spirit about me and was hopeful that Beneath the Mimosa Tree would receive a positive reception from the judges. It did. I am a finalist for romance. The winner in the category is Bonnie Trachtenberg, a lovely lady I met in Miami in November when we accepted our medals at the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. I am…