Camp Nanowrimo

While I wait with baited breath to find out whether I made it to the third round of the 2014 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Contest, I'm participating in Camp Nanowrimo and finishing "Caged Dreams" - the third romantic suspense novel in my "Dreams" series featuring the Brooks family. Camp Nanowrimo is an offshoot of National November Writing Month ("Nanowrimo") - a writing event that takes...

Surviving Revision Hell – Editing My Novels

When I started this journey, I had no idea it would be so hard to write a book. I thought I'd sit down and the novel would just flow from my fingertips onto the page in perfect order and sequence. Actually, writing a first draft is much easier for me than editing, outlining, doing character charts, re-writing and all the other more disciplined aspects of the craft. I love attending writers...

Nanowrimo (National November Writing Month) 2011

It's almost that time of the year again when maniacs all over the world sign up on a website (www.nanowrimo.org) and vow to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1st and November 30th.    And when I say all over the world, I mean all over the world.  There are Wrimos (Nanowrimo participants) in Africa (including, but not limited to, Israel and other countries in the Middle East), Asia,...

Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference 2011

Most people who take a vacation head to the beach or go on a cruise or attend theme parks with their children or go to visit their families.  I headed off to attend two writers conferences in New York City and killed two birds with one stone by spending time with my family over the Fourth of July holiday.  The first conference I attended was Romance Writers of America's (RWA) 31st Annual...

Scriptfrenzy – It’s Almost That Time Again

To do, or not to do, Scriptfrenzy this year?  That is the question. For some of you, the question might be: "What the heck is Scriptfrenzy? "  Scriptfrenzy is a wonderful event where writers all over the world sign up on a website - - and vow to write a 100 page script within 30 days from April 1 to April 30th. It could be a stage play, a movie script or a script of an episode of your favorite...

Nanowrimo – National November Writing Month

It's that time of year again - National November Writing Month a/k/a Nanowrimo.  Every year, crazy people all over the world sign up on a website and vow to write 50,000 words in the 30 day period from November 1st to November 30th.  People either do it on their own or meet up in groups at write-ins held in cafes, libraries, private homes, etc.   The object of the event is for authors to...

In a Frenzy About Scriptfrenzy

Aaaah!  It's back again and so soon after last year!  I'm talking about Scriptfrenzy - that twisted sister event to National November Writing Month.  Every year, people from all over the world sign up on the Scriptfrenzy website and vow to write a 100 page script during the month of April.  It could be a script of an episode of your favorite television show,  a movie script or a play.  ...