The Silent Character

As I worked on Apprentice Cat, I've began noticing something interesting.  In each scene there are the characters that are talking, acting, thinking or just hanging around, but they are there.  I point them out as being there.  Then there are characters who are there, but not there.  These are what I've come to call "silent … Continue reading The Silent Character


Following Your Passion

Welcome to Toolbox Saturday where you'll find tools for various things from writing to whatever. I just finished another scene of Apprentice Cat. Wahoo!! Each day I get just a little closer to finishing the entire book. That makes me feel great. There are days when I wondered if I was doing what I'm supposed … Continue reading Following Your Passion

Rough Drafts Aren’t The Only Things That Need Editing

As I continue wrestling with my WIP, Apprentice Cat, using Larry Brooks' Story Engineering strategies, I've suddenly realized it's not just the writing I'll need to edit. Pantsers know (or should know) that they'll be writing draft after draft in order to get the story just right. Plotters, on the other hand, use different methods … Continue reading Rough Drafts Aren’t The Only Things That Need Editing

Is Butt Glue Necessary When Writing?

When you want to be a career author you can't just write when the muse is singing. Sometimes you do need a little butt glue to keep you from wandering around doing everything but writing. That's true... except when it isn't. Is butt glue always necessary? Today I learned a very interesting thing about my … Continue reading Is Butt Glue Necessary When Writing?

Craziness Continues With Win7’s Speech Recognition

I don't think I ask for much. I just want perfection. Of course, when using speech recognition software for the first time, getting it perfect from the start would be a miracle. This is my third or fourth time using dictation to compose anything. In fact, I'm taking a break from dictating a chapter in … Continue reading Craziness Continues With Win7’s Speech Recognition

When a Good Story Goes Bad

I've been diligently working on my book, Apprentice Cat, as anyone who has been reading this blog for awhile knows. Some chapters seem to write themselves, others have to be dragged into existence. Unfortunately, the longer the story is, the more likely the middle will develop premature aging. In other words, it sags, gets bogged … Continue reading When a Good Story Goes Bad