Writing Advice

We’re Having a Heat Wave

This seems to be all anyone talks about in L.A. this week.The heat. Everybody’s hot and cranky. I’ve lived in Southern California a long time, years and years, and this is the first time I can remember it being this hot at the beach in October. At noon today it’s going to be 91 degrees…

Unsticking the Stuckness

It’s gray in Santa Monica early this morning. The sky, the inside of my head, all gray fluffy stuff. I need inspiration. Stiff words march across my computer screen. Like little soldiers. So earnest that I want to press delete. Instead I open Safekeeping by Abigail Thomas, read a bit, and words start to bloom…

Take the Leap

How scary it can be to start writing. Or to keep writing. Or to go back to writing. But we all have to take the leap, one way or another. I'm warming up to resume work on my book after a week's vacation. (I mean it was a real vacation; I didn't keep working as…

Advice About Publishing

Some good advice via my publisher Marc Allen and the New World Library blog. Thursday, December 29, 2011   "Five Steps to Writing Well and Getting Published" by New World Library Publisher, Marc AllenPOSTED BY NEW WORLD LIBRARY   I read an article by Gary Provost a while ago where he outlined the steps for…

Book Trailers

So Rob Daly and I are now working on a book trailer for CHERISHED. This is a 90 second video designed to catch your attention, move you, and make you want to order the book instantly. Right, it ain't easy. In my infinite wisdom I thought maybe an interview with me telling how the book…

A Writing Workout: Prompts. etc

After every seven entries in A Year of Writing Dangerously (the book I'm now working on) I have a Writing Workout – a list of five writing prompts or things to do based on the entries that came before.   Here's an example: (and please let me know if any work for you.) Writing Workout: 1.…

Keep Writing

  Recently there was a snarky article in the New York Times Book Review suggesting that too many people are writing and publishing memoirs, and who wants to read another book about owning a crazy dog, losing weight, depression, cancer, trying to adopt, etc. My advice is to ignore this kind of stuff. If you…