Author Archives: Pam Binder

Writing Tips – SOUND


SOUND —–The tone of a person’s voice can provoke a rainbow of emotions.  A deep voice can make us feel grounded whereas a high pitched screech can put us on edge.  Experiment the next time you are watching a television show or movie.  Close your eyes and try to picture the person from

Time Travel Series

In honor of the launch of the Starz adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s, Outlander, on August 9th, I’m sharing what I’ve learned on one of my favorite subjects:  Time Travel.
Although it might feel that the idea of time travel is a modern concept, humans have talked about, written or dreamed of the idea for thousands

Writing Tips

The Sense of TASTE
How do we learn? You’re probably wondering what an odd question. But ponder the question for a moment.
In school, we are taught through listening to a lecture, through reading textbooks or through writing down answers or constructing sentences. When you read a novel those same principles are in


Writing Tips – The Six Senses – first in a six part series.
                 THE SENSE OF TOUCH
We all have a story to tell. Some of us shout it from the rooftop, while others share the tale by a cozy fire. That doesn’t matter. What DOES matter is that our story holds

August Eve

August Eve or Lughnassandh is one of the three main Celtic Festivals: Samhain, in the Fall, Bealtaine in Spring and Lughnassadh, in summer.  Lughnassadh is celebrated when the harvest is over, and the fruits and grains are stored and ready for use during the long months ahead.
Lughnassadh is also named for the Irish


a: teller of stories,
b: a reciter of tales,
c: a writer of stories.
I recently researched a topic for a welcome letter for the PNWA writer’s conference that I’d like to share.  It discusses what it means to be a storyteller.
The word in its current form, dates as far back

The Writer’s Life – roller coaster or merry-go-round?

Ask yourself; is your writing life a roller coaster, or a merry-go-round?
This question occurred to me after watching the 1989 movie Parenthood with Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Robards and one of my favorite actors, Keanu Reeves, before he became the mega star of Matrix.  Steve Martin’s character, Gil, wanted a quiet, uneventful life,

Genre versus Literary Fiction


These days the lines are blurring between genre and literary fiction.  Romance books are layered and textured, mystery novels are so seductive you can taste the air, and fantasy — well — all I’ll say on the matter is GAME OF THRONES.
For more of my thoughts on the topic, go to the

Writer’s Conferences

Although writer’s conferences happen year round, the summer months are packed solid. And as with everything in this world, there are varying opinions on how to select the conference that is right for you.
Deciding the best one can be daunting. Below is a list I hope will help.

Travel and time off: Can

Father’s Day

In researching the origins of Father’s Day, I found remarkable similarities between Mother’s and Father’s day. Both were tied to the Civil War and both were inspired by Anna Jarvis, the creator of Mother’s Day. (For details regarding Anna Jarvis, and the origins of Mother’s Day, you can refer to my blog).
In 1909,


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