The Craft of Writing


sto-ry-tell-er: 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 as… Read More

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,… Read More

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 you… Read More

Writer’s Block

What do writer’s block and the black plague have in common? Both have the ability to strike denial and fear without warning. The good news is that, unlike the black plague, no one has ever died from writer’s block. In fact, many have grown quite rich from promoting the latest and greatest theory on how… Read More

Writer’s Retreat

Writer’s Retreat  A word is more lasting than all the riches of the world. from a Connacht Love Song  Make a Writer’s Retreat a reality. Many authors dream of getting away. Yet the same questions of who, what, when, where and how, that cause writer’s block, sometimes grind those goals to a halt. Who should I bring?… Read More