Checkov’s Gun for fun and meani...

Checkov’s Gun for fun and meaning

Before I start on today’s topic, I just want to thank everyone who commented on last week’s post, which was part of the Indie-Author blog hop. I really appreciated all of your comments (even if it took me a few days to get around to responding to them-sorry!). And the winner of the copy of […]

Reading for the love of it

Reading for the love of it

Setting the scene: A sunny day at the beach, my umbrella angled just so, a cool drink in one hand (frozen margarita, please… thank you), the newest book from Sarah Maclean/Aubrey Wynne/Miranda Neville/Cathy Maxwell in the other. -OR- A cool, rainy evening, the fire is lit, my comfy chair is pulled up close, a cup […]

Flashbacks: yes or no?

Flashbacks: yes or no?

In all the writing classes I’ve taught, I’ve always told my students not to write flashbacks and, for the most part, I still hold to this rule. Flashbacks stop the forward momentum of your story. Why would you stop something that’s going along so well, drawing your readers further into your world, making them turn […]

It’s Indie-Pride Day, but why?

It’s Indie-Pride Day, but why?

Are you indie proud? Yesterday was indie-pride day, so it’s a timely question. If you’re a self-published author, how do you explain to ordinary people that you publish your own books? Do you? I met a woman a week ago who actually asked me how my books were published—whether I had a publisher. She had […]

Just listen

Just listen

I don’t know if it’s the same in the U.S., but here in Belgium, all anyone can talk about is the potential of the Brexit. As I write this on Thursday morning, the British polls have just opened. By this evening we’ll know which way things will go. Despite the fact that I have moved […]